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SubjectRe: 2.2/2.4/2.6 VMs: do malloc() ever return NULL?
On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 02:20:58PM +0100, Ihar 'Philips' Filipau wrote:
> So what do you use then in user space to reliably allocate memory?
> As to me - memory is a resource. Is it virtual or is it physical - it
> is still resource. And I need to allocate part of this resource.
> malloc() uses brk() inside. But brk() is "implementation details". I
> honestly do not care about them - I just want to be sure that what ever
> resource I have allocated - I can use it afterwards until I shall free
> it. POSIX even doesn't mention brk() BTW.
> If you can hint me any other method to allocate memory without
> surprises - I will really appreciate.

Non-overcommit is one such method at the kernel level.
mlockall(MCL_CURRENT|MCL_FUTURE) is another (requiring support at both
levels, in addition to administrative grants of privilege).

-- wli
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