Subject: Re: Replacement for grep(1) (part 2)
To: Jon Ribbens <email@example.com>
From: Dag-Erling Smorgrav <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/12/1999 03:46:59
Jon Ribbens <email@example.com> writes:
> "Daniel C. Sobral" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > OTOH, though, FreeBSD's malloc() is very unlikely to return an out
> > of memory error.
> Why is that?
Because FreeBSD overcommits memory. You can allocate (almost) as much
memory as you want regardless of how much RAM / swap you have. You
won't run into trouble unless you actually try to use too much of it.
> What happens if the process hits its resource limits?
Malloc() fails with ENOMEM.
Dag-Erling Smorgrav - email@example.com