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MALLOC_TRIM(3)			    Linux Programmer's Manual			   MALLOC_TRIM(3)

       malloc_trim - release free memory from the top of the heap

       #include <malloc.h>

       void malloc_trim(size_t pad);

       The  malloc_trim()  function  attempts  to  release free memory at the top of the heap (by
       calling sbrk(2) with a suitable argument).

       The pad argument specifies the amount of free space to leave untrimmed at the top  of  the
       heap.   If  this argument is 0, only the minimum amount of memory is maintained at the top
       of the heap (i.e., one page or less).  A nonzero argument can be  used  to  maintain  some
       trailing  space	at  the  top  of the heap in order to allow future allocations to be made
       without having to extend the heap with sbrk(2).

       The malloc_trim() function returns 1 if memory was actually released back to  the  system,
       or 0 if it was not possible to release any memory.

       No errors are defined.

       This function is a GNU extension.

       This function is automatically called by free(3) in certain circumstances; see the discus-
       sion of M_TOP_PAD and M_TRIM_THRESHOLD in mallopt(3).

       This function cannot release free memory located at places other than the top of the heap.

       This function releases only memory in the main arena.

       sbrk(2), malloc(3), mallopt(3)

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Linux					    2012-03-29				   MALLOC_TRIM(3)
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