What's the use of FEATURE_CLEANUP ?

Larry Doolittle ldoolitt at recycle.lbl.gov
Mon Dec 19 18:36:20 UTC 2005

Ignacio -

On Mon, Dec 19, 2005 at 07:00:21PM +0100, Ignacio Garc?a P?rez wrote:
> In which cases it is actually useful to do a cleanup (deallocate memory,
> close handles) ?.

I believe the rationale for FEATURE_CLEANUP is to facilitate
memory-leak checkups with e.g., dmalloc.  It flags memory
locations that are _supposed_ to be left dangling at exit,
so you can more easily find those that are _accidentally_
left dangling at exit.

     - Larry
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