Manual Reference Pages  - MALLOC_TRIM (3)

NAME

malloc_trim - release free memory from the top of the heap

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Return Value
Errors
Conforming To
Notes
Notes
See Also
Colophon

SYNOPSIS

#include <malloc.h>

void malloc_trim(size_t pad);

DESCRIPTION

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).

RETURN VALUE

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.

ERRORS

No errors are defined.

CONFORMING TO

This function is a GNU extension.

NOTES

This function is automatically called by free(3) in certain circumstances; see the discussion 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.

NOTES

This function only releases memory in the main arena.

SEE ALSO

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

COLOPHON

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Linux MALLOC_TRIM (3) 2012-03-29
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