Re: [dev] stderr: unnecessary?

From: Kris Maglione <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 08:39:52 -0400

On Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 01:13:32PM +0100, Ethan Grammatikidis wrote:
> On 12 Jun 2010, at 12:07, Kris Maglione wrote:
>> Yes, it does. Hugely. But, on the other hand, it's the entire basis of
>> modern malloc implementatons and dynamic linking and loading.
> I can see dynamic linking needing to load from file on fault, but malloc
> puzzles me. I wonder if it is the way it is just because that's a good
> way to make it fit with the page-fault-loading of dynamic linking and
> mmap.

mmap isn't just for files. malloc used to be based on sbrk, it
had the drawback that freed memory couldn't be released to the
kernel if there was anything allocated after it. mmapped memory
can be unmapped whenever an entire page is freed (and fancy
malloc libs tend to place non-addressable pages at the end of
allocations these days to catch overflows).

Kris Maglione
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