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Re: Re: Re: Memory usage and perl

by derby (Abbot)
on Mar 14, 2003 at 16:25 UTC ( #243106=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Memory usage and perl
in thread Memory usage and perl

fokat++ ... but just to nitpick mmap and certain mallocs (and under certain conditions) will return the memory to the system. Check out the Unix Programming FAQ section 1.12.


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Re^4: Memory usage and perl
by fokat (Deacon) on Mar 15, 2003 at 16:12 UTC

    Thanks a lot for the reference, derby (and ++ for your nitpicking). I have a small difference, though...

    Actually, mmap() does not allocate memory. What it does is map pages belonging to a file, probably from the buffer cache, into your process' private address space. Certainly it is a neat trick, but might have undesired side effects when competing with file-related resources in the same machine, specially with a static buffer cache.

    They will "return" the memory to the OS because the memory was not originally allocated to your process. I am glad to see certain implementations of malloc() and free() taking advantage of this.

    Best regards

    -lem, but some call me fokat

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