|ALLOCA(3)||FreeBSD Library Functions Manual||ALLOCA(3)|
NAMEalloca — memory allocator
LIBRARYStandard C Library (libc, -lc)
SYNOPSIS#include < stdlib.h>
alloca( size_t size);
DESCRIPTIONThe alloca() function allocates size bytes of space in the stack frame of the caller. This temporary space is automatically freed on return.
RETURN VALUESThe alloca() function returns a pointer to the beginning of the allocated space.
SEE ALSObrk(2), calloc(3), getpagesize(3), malloc(3), realloc(3)
HISTORYThe alloca() function appeared in Version 32V AT&T UNIX.
BUGSThe alloca() function is machine and compiler dependent; its use is discouraged.
The alloca() function is slightly unsafe because it cannot ensure that the pointer returned points to a valid and usable block of memory. The allocation made may exceed the bounds of the stack, or even go further into other objects in memory, and alloca() cannot determine such an error. Avoid alloca() with large unbounded allocations.
|September 5, 2006||FreeBSD|