|MREMAP(2)||Linux Programmer's Manual||MREMAP(2)|
NAMEmremap - remap a virtual memory address
#define _GNU_SOURCE /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
void *mremap(void * old_address , size_t old_size ,
size_t new_size , int flags , ... /* void * new_address */);
DESCRIPTIONmremap() expands (or shrinks) an existing memory mapping, potentially moving it at the same time (controlled by the flags argument and the available virtual address space).
- By default, if there is not sufficient space to expand a mapping at its current location, then mremap() fails. If this flag is specified, then the kernel is permitted to relocate the mapping to a new virtual address, if necessary. If the mapping is relocated, then absolute pointers into the old mapping location become invalid (offsets relative to the starting address of the mapping should be employed).
- MREMAP_FIXED (since Linux 2.3.31)
- This flag serves a similar purpose to the MAP_FIXED flag of mmap(2). If this flag is specified, then mremap() accepts a fifth argument, void *new_address, which specifies a page-aligned address to which the mapping must be moved. Any previous mapping at the address range specified by new_address and new_size is unmapped. If MREMAP_FIXED is specified, then MREMAP_MAYMOVE must also be specified.
If the memory segment specified by old_address and old_size is locked (using mlock(2) or similar), then this lock is maintained when the segment is resized and/or relocated. As a consequence, the amount of memory locked by the process may change.
RETURN VALUEOn success mremap() returns a pointer to the new virtual memory area. On error, the value MAP_FAILED (that is, (void *) -1) is returned, and errno is set appropriately.
- The caller tried to expand a memory segment that is locked, but this was not possible without exceeding the RLIMIT_MEMLOCK resource limit.
- "Segmentation fault." Some address in the range old_address to old_address+ old_size is an invalid virtual memory address for this process. You can also get EFAULT even if there exist mappings that cover the whole address space requested, but those mappings are of different types.
- An invalid argument was given. Possible causes are: old_address was not page aligned; a value other than MREMAP_MAYMOVE or MREMAP_FIXED was specified in flags; new_size was zero; new_size or new_address was invalid; or the new address range specified by new_address and new_size overlapped the old address range specified by old_address and old_size; or MREMAP_FIXED was specified without also specifying MREMAP_MAYMOVE.
- The memory area cannot be expanded at the current virtual address, and the MREMAP_MAYMOVE flag is not set in flags. Or, there is not enough (virtual) memory available.
CONFORMING TOThis call is Linux-specific, and should not be used in programs intended to be portable.
NOTESPrior to version 2.4, glibc did not expose the definition of MREMAP_FIXED, and the prototype for mremap() did not allow for the new_address argument.
SEE ALSObrk(2), getpagesize(2), getrlimit(2), mlock(2), mmap(2), sbrk(2), malloc(3), realloc(3)
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