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Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:49:55 +0200
From: Thomas Stüfe <>
Subject: Question about calloc, free in CPU_ALLOC and CPU_FREE


I have a small question about the way muslc implements the CPU_ALLOC and
CPU_FREE macros.

I see them defined in sched.h as:

#define CPU_ALLOC(n) ((cpu_set_t *)calloc(1,CPU_ALLOC_SIZE(n)))
#define CPU_FREE(set) free(set)

whereas the glibc defines them as calls to functions __sched_cpu_alloc()
and __sched_cpufree():

#define __CPU_ALLOC(count) __sched_cpualloc (count)
#define __CPU_FREE(cpuset) __sched_cpufree (cpuset)

in the end both variants allocate from C-heap, but the muslc variant gets
inlined directly into the calling code. If that calling code has a function
"free" or "calloc" (okay, less likely) these get called instead. Could also
be a class local method in C++.

I realize this is not a big issue. But would it not be safer to do as the
glibc does in this case?

Thank you,


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