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VALLOC(3C)																VALLOC(3C)

NAME
valloc - aligned memory allocator SYNOPSIS
char *valloc(size) unsigned size; DESCRIPTION
Valloc is obsoleted by the current version of malloc, which aligns page-sized and larger allocations. Valloc allocates size bytes aligned on a page boundary. It is implemented by calling malloc(3) with a slightly larger request, saving the true beginning of the block allocated, and returning a properly aligned pointer. DIAGNOSTICS
Valloc returns a null pointer(0) if there is no available memory or if the arena has been detectably corrupted by storing outside the bounds of a block. BUGS
Vfree isn't implemented. 3rd Berkeley Distribution May 12, 1986 VALLOC(3C)

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MALLOC(3)						     Library Functions Manual							 MALLOC(3)

NAME
malloc, free, realloc, calloc - main memory allocator SYNOPSIS
char *malloc(size) unsigned size; free(ptr) char *ptr; char *realloc(ptr, size) char *ptr; unsigned size; char *calloc(nelem, elsize) unsigned nelem, elsize; DESCRIPTION
Malloc and free provide a simple general-purpose memory allocation package. Malloc returns a pointer to a block of at least size bytes beginning on a word boundary. The argument to free is a pointer to a block previously allocated by malloc; this space is made available for further allocation, but its contents are left undisturbed. Needless to say, grave disorder will result if the space assigned by malloc is overrun or if some random number is handed to free. Malloc allocates the first big enough contiguous reach of free space found in a circular search from the last block allocated or freed, coalescing adjacent free blocks as it searches. It calls sbrk (see break(2)) to get more memory from the system when there is no suitable space already free. Realloc changes the size of the block pointed to by ptr to size bytes and returns a pointer to the (possibly moved) block. The contents will be unchanged up to the lesser of the new and old sizes. Realloc also works if ptr points to a block freed since the last call of malloc, realloc or calloc; thus sequences of free, malloc and realloc can exploit the search strategy of malloc to do storage compaction. Calloc allocates space for an array of nelem elements of size elsize. The space is initialized to zeros. Each of the allocation routines returns a pointer to space suitably aligned (after possible pointer coercion) for storage of any type of object. DIAGNOSTICS
Malloc, realloc and calloc return a null pointer (0) if there is no available memory or if the arena has been detectably corrupted by stor- ing outside the bounds of a block. Malloc may be recompiled to check the arena very stringently on every transaction; see the source code. BUGS
When realloc returns 0, the block pointed to by ptr may be destroyed. MALLOC(3)
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