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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     minherit - control the inheritance of pages

LIBRARY    [Toc]    [Back]

     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     #include <sys/mman.h>

     minherit(void *addr, size_t len, int inherit);

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The minherit() system call changes the specified range of virtual
     addresses to have the specified fork-time inheritance characteristic
     inherit, which can be set to MAP_INHERIT_NONE, MAP_INHERIT_COPY, or
     MAP_INHERIT_SHARE.  Also possible is MAP_INHERIT_DEFAULT, which defaults
     to MAP_INHERIT_COPY.  Not all implementations will guarantee that the
     inheritance characteristic can be set on a page basis; the granularity of
     changes may be as large as an entire region.

     Normally, the entire address space is marked MAP_INHERIT_COPY; when the
     process calls fork(), the child receives a (virtual) copy of the entire
     address space.  Pages or regions marked MAP_INHERIT_SHARE are shared
     between the address spaces, while pages or regions marked
     MAP_INHERIT_NONE will be unmapped in the child.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     fork(2), madvise(2), mincore(2), mprotect(2), msync(2), munmap(2)

HISTORY    [Toc]    [Back]

     The minherit() function first appeared in OpenBSD.

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

     If the a particular port does not support page-granularity inheritance,
     there's no way to figure out how large a region is actually affected by

BSD                              June 9, 1993                              BSD
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