mlockall (3p) - Linux Man Pages
mlockall: lock/unlock the address space of a process
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mlockall, munlockall - lock/unlock the address space of a process (REALTIME)
The mlockall() function shall cause all of the pages mapped by the address space of a process to be memory-resident until unlocked or until the process exits or execs another process image. The flags argument determines whether the pages to be locked are those currently mapped by the address space of the process, those that are mapped in the future, or both. The flags argument is constructed from the bitwise-inclusive OR of one or more of the following symbolic constants, defined in <sys/mman.h>:
- Lock all of the pages currently mapped into the address space of the process.
Lock all of the pages that become mapped into the address space of
the process in the future, when those mappings are
If MCL_FUTURE is specified, and the automatic locking of future mappings eventually causes the amount of locked memory to exceed the amount of available physical memory or any other implementation-defined limit, the behavior is implementation-defined. The manner in which the implementation informs the application of these situations is also implementation-defined.
The munlockall() function shall unlock all currently mapped pages of the address space of the process. Any pages that become mapped into the address space of the process after a call to munlockall() shall not be locked, unless there is an intervening call to mlockall() specifying MCL_FUTURE or a subsequent call to mlockall() specifying MCL_CURRENT. If pages mapped into the address space of the process are also mapped into the address spaces of other processes and are locked by those processes, the locks established by the other processes shall be unaffected by a call by this process to munlockall().
Upon successful return from the mlockall() function that specifies MCL_CURRENT, all currently mapped pages of the process' address space shall be memory-resident and locked. Upon return from the munlockall() function, all currently mapped pages of the process' address space shall be unlocked with respect to the process' address space. The memory residency of unlocked pages is unspecified.
Upon successful completion, the mlockall() function shall return a value of zero. Otherwise, no additional memory shall be locked, and the function shall return a value of -1 and set errno to indicate the error. The effect of failure of mlockall() on previously existing locks in the address space is unspecified.
The mlockall() function shall fail if:
- Some or all of the memory identified by the operation could not be locked when the call was made.
The flags argument is zero, or includes unimplemented flags.
The mlockall() function may fail if:
- Locking all of the pages currently mapped into the address space of the process would exceed an implementation-defined limit on the amount of memory that the process may lock.
The calling process does not have the appropriate privilege to perform
the requested operation.
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