BRK(2) BRK(2) NAME brk, sbrk, break - change core allocation SYNOPSIS char *brk(addr) char *sbrk(incr) DESCRIPTION Brk sets the system's idea of the lowest location not used by the program (called the break) to addr (rounded up to the next multiple of 64 bytes on a PDP11 and 1024 bytes on a VAX). Locations not less than addr and below the stack pointer are not in the address space and will thus cause a memory violation if accessed. In the alternate function sbrk, incr more bytes are added to the program's data space and a pointer to the start of the new area is returned. (Rounding occurs as with brk, but a nominal break is remembered, so rounding does not accumu- late.) When a program begins execution via exec the break is set at the highest location defined by the program and data storage areas. Ordinarily, therefore, only programs with growing data areas need to use break. SEE ALSO exec(2), malloc(3), end(3) DIAGNOSTICS Zero is returned if the brk could be set; -1 if the program requests more memory than the system limit or if too many segmentation registers would be required to implement the break. Sbrk returns -1 if the break could not be set.