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```MALLOC(3F)																MALLOC(3F)

NAME
malloc, free, falloc - memory allocator

SYNOPSIS

subroutine falloc (nelem, elsize, clean, basevec, addr, offset)
integer nelem, elsize, clean, addr, offset

DESCRIPTION
Malloc, falloc  and  free  provide  a general-purpose memory allocation package.  Malloc returns in addr the address of a block of at least
size bytes beginning on an even-byte boundary.

Falloc allocates space for an array of nelem elements of size elsize and returns the address of the block in addr.  It zeros the  block	if
clean  is  1.  It returns in offset an index such that the storage may be addressed as basevec(offset+1) ... basevec(offset+nelem).  Falloc
gets extra bytes so that after address arithmetic, all the objects so addressed are within the block.

The argument to free is the address of a block previously allocated by malloc or falloc; this space is made available for  further  alloca-
tion, but its contents are left undisturbed.  To free blocks allocated by falloc, use addr in calls to free, do not use basevec(offset+1).

Needless to say, grave disorder will result if the space assigned by mallocorfalloc is overrun or if some random number is handed to free.

DIAGNOSTICS
Malloc and falloc set addr to 0 if there is no available memory or if the arena has been detectably corrupted by storing outside the bounds
of a block.

The following example shows how to obtain memory and use it within a subprogram:

...
call falloc ( n, 4, 0, work, addr, offset )
do 10 i = 1, n
work(offset+i) = ...
10    continue

The next example reads in dimension information, allocates space for two arrays and two vectors, and calls subroutine doit to do the compu-
tations:

indm1   = 1
indm2   = indm1 + k*l
indm3   = indm2 + l*m
indsym  = indm3 + k*m
lsym = n*(n+1)/2
indv  = indsym + lsym
indtot = indv + m
call falloc ( indtot, 4, 0, dummy, addr, offs )
call doit( dummy(indm1+offs), dummy(indm2+offs),
.		dummy(indm3+offs), dummy(indsym+offs),
.		dummy(indv +offs), m, n, lsym )
end
subroutine doit( arr1, arr2, arr3, vsym, vec, m, n, lsym )
real arr1(k,l), arr2(l,m), arr3(k,m), vsym(lsym), v2(m)
...

FILES
/usr/lib/libU77.a

malloc(3)

4.3 Berkeley Distribution					   May 15, 1985 							MALLOC(3F)```

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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

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)```