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Re: dynamic memory in call_external

Vapuser wrote:
> I have someone in my office who wants to know:
>  Is it advisable to create and destroy memory within a CALL_EXTERNAL
> routine?  (that is, can one safely use malloc and free?) Or must one
> make the routine(s) in question LINKIMAGE routines and the idl memory
> management routines (IDL_MEMAlloc, IDL_MEMfree and IDL_GetScratch)
> available in that environment.

I have used [m|c]alloc() and free() in CALL_EXTERNAL modules with no
problems, usually for relatively small chunks of memory. But of course
this is only for variables within the C module; you can't allocate
memory within the C module and pass it back to IDL.


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