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Overall Description
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   This is a heavily modified version of GNU `malloc'.  It uses `mmap'
as the basic mechanism for obtaining memory from the system, rather
than `sbrk'.  This gives it several advantages over the more
traditional malloc:

   * Several different heaps can be used, each of them growing or
     shinking under control of `mmap', with the `mmalloc' functions
     using a specific heap on a call by call basis.

   * By using `mmap', it is easy to create heaps which are intended to
     be persistent and exist as a filesystem object after the creating
     process has gone away.

   * Because multiple heaps can be managed, data used for a specific
     purpose can be allocated into its own heap, making it easier to
     allow applications to "dump" and "restore" initialized
     malloc-managed memory regions.  For example, the "unexec" hack
     popularized by GNU Emacs could potentially go away.


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