Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2017 21:14:23 +0200 From: Markus Wichmann <nullplan@....net> To: musl@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Clever code in malloc() Hello, since it was brought up recently, I do have a question about some code in malloc(). Namely this line: if (new_size+size > RECLAIM && (new_size+size^size) > size) reclaim = 1; What is that doing? I just do not get it at all. For one, I have never seen an expression of the form a+b^b. I don't know what that is supposed to do. I tried evaluating it for a couple of inputs but could find no patterns. And what's it supposed to do, anyway? At that point, new_size is the size of the chunk we originally wanted to free, and size is the size of the chunk we are currently devouring. Other already devoured chunks are not taken into account (that would be in final_size). The only thing this decision will change is whether or not the central part of the chunk will be sent to madvise(), to tell the kernel that we won't need the memory anytime soon. Which seems to me we could do whenever the chunk we free is large enough in the end. Or is there some reason not to do this in all cases? So, could someone clarify this? And maybe add an explanatory comment? Ciao, Markus
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