malloc_trim - release free memory from the heap
pad argument specifies the amount of free space to leave
untrimmed at the top of the heap. If this argument is 0, only the
minimum amount of memory is maintained at the top of the heap (i.e., one
page or less). A nonzero argument can be used to maintain some trailing
space at the top of the heap in order to allow future allocations to be
made without having to extend the heap with
The malloc_trim() function returns 1 if memory was actually released back to the system, or 0 if it was not possible to release any memory.
No errors are defined.
This function is a GNU extension.
Only the main heap (using sbrk(2)) honors the
pad argument; thread heaps do not.
Since glibc 2.8 this function frees memory in all arenas and in all chunks with whole free pages.
Before glibc 2.8 this function only freed memory at the top of the heap in the main arena.
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