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the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described
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POSIX.1‐2008 defers to the ISO C standard.
The malloc() function shall allocate unused space for an object whose
size in bytes is specified by size and whose value is unspecified.
The order and contiguity of storage allocated by successive calls to
malloc() is unspecified. The pointer returned if the allocation
succeeds shall be suitably aligned so that it may be assigned to a
pointer to any type of object and then used to access such an object
in the space allocated (until the space is explicitly freed or
reallocated). Each such allocation shall yield a pointer to an object
disjoint from any other object. The pointer returned points to the
start (lowest byte address) of the allocated space. If the space
cannot be allocated, a null pointer shall be returned. If the size of
the space requested is 0, the behavior is implementation-defined: the
value returned shall be either a null pointer or a unique pointer.
Upon successful completion with size not equal to 0, malloc() shall
return a pointer to the allocated space. If size is 0, either a null
pointer or a unique pointer that can be successfully passed to free()
shall be returned. Otherwise, it shall return a null pointer and set
errno to indicate the error.
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form
from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information
Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open
Group Base Specifications Issue 7, Copyright (C) 2013 by the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open
Group. (This is POSIX.1-2008 with the 2013 Technical Corrigendum 1
applied.) In the event of any discrepancy between this version and
the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and
The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original
Standard can be obtained online at http://www.unix.org/online.html .
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most likely to have been introduced during the conversion of the
source files to man page format. To report such errors, see
IEEE/The Open Group 2013 MALLOC(3P)