It does not matter what freebsd does, C does not require that malloc initialize space according to Kernighan and Ritchie. Its a good book, I would say its worth the forty dollars.


On 10/05/03 20:32:00, Dan Nelson wrote:
In the last episode (Oct 05), Robert Huff said:
> Dan Nelson writes:
> > Could be one of two problems. The program either malloced memory
> > and tried to use it without zeroing it, or it freed some memory
> > and tried to keep using it. In -current, the malloc has the J
> > debugging flag set, which fills malloced and freed memory with
> > 0xd0 (see the malloc manpage).
> On that page (on my 5.1 system), it says malloc() does not
> allocated pages. Is this a change (possibly just for CURRENT), and
> if so since when? Bexause unless I'm delusional (possible) I
> pages /were/ supposed to be zeroed, and doing so was one of the
> system's "as time permits" chores.

Pages handed to processes by the kernel are always zeroed, but pages
free()d then malloc()ed again are not zeroed by default on -RELEASEs,
because they usually aren't returned back to the kernel inbetween
(unless H is set, and even then it's not guaranteed). -CURRENT always
has the J flag set, which means that any memory returned by malloc or
passed to free will get overwritten with 0xD0, to aid debugging.
That's not mentioned in the manpage, although I think it is mentioned
someplace else (either FAQ or handbook).

Dan Nelson
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