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Re: Building without Emacs malloc, possible?

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Building without Emacs malloc, possible?
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 06:23:13 +0200

> Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 21:31:17 +0100
> From: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Jan_Dj=E4rv?= <address@hidden>
> What is the status of building without Emac malloc?  There are some problems 
> on cygwin + Gtk.  Basically Gtk+ (glib actually) calls memalign, but on 
> cygwin 
> this does not call the Emacs supplied memalign, but cygwins own.  Since 
> malloc 
> is the one Emacs has, cygwin memalign refuses to work.  I don't know why the 
> Emace memalign is not called, dynamic libraries on W32 seems to behave 
> strange 
> in this regard.

That is very unfortunate.  Using system malloc will cause Emacs to
grow in its footprint much more than it does with gmalloc, possibly an
unlimited growth.  Did you try asking for advice on the Cygwin mailing

> One solution would be for Emacs to not use its own malloc, but that gives 
> compilation errors.  I don't have the errors here, but they are unresolved 
> symbols in vm-limit.c.
> So, the question is what is need to compile on cygwin without Emacs malloc? I 
> just added
> to s/cygwin.h.  Apparently something more is needed.

Defining SYSTEM_MALLOC ought to be enough.  What errors do you see?
Do the same errors happen when you try building with SYSTEM_MALLOC on

Btw, I think you need to "make distclean" and reconfigure after adding
SYSTEM_MALLOC; maybe you didn't, and that's the reason for the

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