At 14:57 29-08-01, Walter Franzini wrote:
> From the extension (the user of kernel services) pov I must disagree.
>But obviusly I'missing something :-)
I don't see why there's a difference.
There may be a point in giving extension developers an _ex way to try and
allocate memory, and fail gracefully (return NULL) in case of failure. We
already have this support in realloc(), we can add it to emalloc() if it's
Do you have a case where you want to try and allocate a chunk of memory,
and do something special in case it fails (e.g., allocate a smaller
block)? If so, we can try to come up with a solution.
My main point is that there's a very strong motivation to take away the
responsibility of what happens in case of a memory failure away from the
API user, and take care of it in a centralized way in the memory
manager. It's safer (no possibility of memory allocation failures causing
crashes) and it avoids redundant coding. If this behavior is unsuitable in
certain cases, we should address these cases, rather than cut this safety
net to pieces.
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