# allocate 64 bytes of memory using the
# libc malloc function.
my $pointer = malloc 64;
# use that memory wisely
# free the memory when you are done.
DESCRIPTIONThis module provides an interface to common memory functions provided by the standard C library. They may be useful when constructing interfaces to C libraries with FFI.
my $pointer = calloc $count, $size;
The "calloc" function contiguously allocates enough space for $count objects that are $size bytes of memory each.
The "free" function frees the memory allocated by "malloc", "calloc", "realloc" or "strdup". It is important to only free memory that you yourself have allocated. A good way to crash your program is to try and free a pointer that some C library has returned to you.
my $pointer = malloc $size;
The "malloc" function allocates $size bytes of memory.
memcpy $dst_pointer, $src_pointer, $size;
The "memcpy" function copies $size bytes from $src_pointer to $dst_pointer. It also returns $dst_pointer.
memset $buffer, $value, $length;
The "memset" function writes $length bytes of $value to the address specified by $buffer.
my $new_pointer = realloc $old_pointer, $size;
The "realloc" function reallocates enough memory to fit $size bytes. It copies the existing data and frees $old_pointer.
If you pass "undef" in as $old_pointer, then it behaves exactly like "malloc":
my $pointer = realloc undef, 64; # same as malloc 64
my $pointer = strdup $string;
The "strdup" function allocates enough memory to contain $string and then copies it to that newly allocated memory. This version of "strdup" returns an opaque pointer type, not a string type. This may seem a little strange, but returning a string type would not be very useful in Perl.
Platforms that do not support "strdup" will be provided with an equivalent using "malloc" and "memcpy" written in Perl. This version is slower.
AUTHORAuthor: Graham Ollis <[email protected]>
Bakkiaraj Murugesan (bakkiaraj)
Dylan Cali (calid)
Zaki Mughal (zmughal)
Fitz Elliott (felliott)
Vickenty Fesunov (vyf)
Gregor Herrmann (gregoa)
COPYRIGHT AND LICENSEThis software is copyright (c) 2015 by Graham Ollis.
This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.