Resizes and, if required, re-allocates memory that will later be freed internally by the HDF5 library
void * H5resize_memory ( void *mem, size_t size )
|IN: Pointer to a buffer to be resized|
|IN: New size of the buffer, in bytes|
H5_RESIZE_MEMORY takes a pointer to an existing buffer and resizes the buffer to match the value in
size. If necessary, the buffer is reallocated. If
0, the buffer is released.
The input buffer must either be
NULL or have been allocated by H5_ALLOCATE_MEMORY since the input buffer may be freed by the library.
For certain behaviors, the pointer
mem may be passed in as
This function is intended to have the semantics of
Returns pointer to resized buffer.
|Allocates memory using HDF5 Library allocator. |
Returns pointer to new buffer
|Frees memory using HDF5 Library allocator. |
realloc(), which allows for a “special” pointer to be returned instead of
NULL, this function always returns
NULL on failure or when size is
At this time, the only intended use for this function is to resize or reallocate memory that will be returned to the library (and eventually to the user) as a data buffer from a third-party HDF5 filter.
To avoid heap corruption, allocated memory should be freed using the same library that initially allocated it. In most cases, the HDF5 API uses resources that are allocated and freed either entirely by the user or entirely by the library, so this is not a problem. In rare cases, however, HDF5 API calls will free memory that the user allocated. This function allows the user to safely allocate this memory.
It is particularly important to use this function to resize memory on Microsoft Windows systems. In Windows, the C standard library is implemented in dynamic link libraries (DLLs) known as the C run-time (CRT). Each version of Visual Studio comes with multiple versions of the CRT DLLs (debug, release, et cetera) and allocating and freeing memory across DLL boundaries can cause resource leaks and subtle bugs due to heap corruption.
Even when using this function, it is still best to ensure that all components of a C application are built with the same version of Visual Studio and the same configuration (Debug or Release), and thus linked against the same CRT.
Only use this function to resize memory inside third-party HDF5 filters. It will generally not be safe to use this function to resize memory for any other purpose.
On success, returns pointer to resized or reallocated buffer or returns
NULL if size is
NULL on failure.
|1.8.15||C function introduced with this release.|