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This is a heavily modified version of GNU `malloc'. It uses `mmap' as
the basic mechanism for obtaining memory from the system, rather than
`sbrk'. This gives it several advantages over the more traditional
* Several different heaps can be used, each of them growing or
shinking under control of `mmap', with the `mmalloc' functions
using a specific heap on a call by call basis.
* By using `mmap', it is easy to create heaps which are intended to
be persistent and exist as a filesystem object after the creating
process has gone away.
* Because multiple heaps can be managed, data used for a specific
purpose can be allocated into its own heap, making it easier to
allow applications to "dump" and "restore" initialized
malloc-managed memory regions. For example, the "unexec" hack
popularized by GNU Emacs could potentially go away.
Created Mon Nov 8 17:42:56 2004 on tillpc with info_to_html version 0.9.6.