CALLOC(P) POSIX Programmer's Manual CALLOC(P)
calloc - a memory allocator
void *calloc(size_t nelem, size_t elsize);
The calloc() function shall allocate unused space for an array of nelem elements each of
whose size in bytes is elsize. The space shall be initialized to all bits 0.
The order and contiguity of storage allocated by successive calls to calloc() is unspeci-
fied. The pointer returned if the allocation succeeds shall be suitably aligned so that it
may be assigned to a pointer to any type of object and then used to access such an object
or an array of such objects in the space allocated (until the space is explicitly freed or
reallocated). Each such allocation shall yield a pointer to an object disjoint from any
other object. The pointer returned shall point to the start (lowest byte address) of the
allocated space. If the space cannot be allocated, a null pointer shall be returned. If
the size of the space requested is 0, the behavior is implementation-defined: the value
returned shall be either a null pointer or a unique pointer.
Upon successful completion with both nelem and elsize non-zero, calloc() shall return a
pointer to the allocated space. If either nelem or elsize is 0, then either a null pointer
or a unique pointer value that can be successfully passed to free() shall be returned.
Otherwise, it shall return a null pointer and set errno to indicate the error.
The calloc() function shall fail if:
ENOMEM Insufficient memory is available.
The following sections are informative.
There is now no requirement for the implementation to support the inclusion of <malloc.h>.
free() , malloc() , realloc() , the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001,
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std
1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System
Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by
the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the
event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group
Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The orig-
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