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Function : OS Memory
OSMemFree - Deallocate (free) a block of Domino memory.

#include <osmem.h>

    DHANDLE  Handle);
Description :

OSMemFree is used to deallocate a block of Domino memory that was created via OSMemAlloc. In order for the deallocation to take place, the lock reference count for the memory block must be zero. In other words, all OSLockObject operations made to the memory block must be matched with an OSUnlockObject operation before memory can be freed.

Calling this routine with a HANDLE that is invalid or out of range, or with a HANDLE for a memory object that is still locked, will result in a Notes PANIC halt .

Note: this routine must be called to free the memory objects specifically created by you with OSMemAlloc or returned by one of several functions. Each function description will mention any specific objects you must 'free'. The following discussion will organize C API functions into several categories, based on the way they handle the memory they create, manage, and destroy.

Generally, functions that create database objects come in pairs, which could be regarded as symmetrical functions. A pair such as NSFNoteOpen and NSFNoteClose are a case in point; any memory objects created by NSFNoteOpen will be freed by NSFNoteClose. Also, since notes are composed of a header structure and a variable number of memory objects called 'items' (fields), NSFNoteClose will take care of freeing the memory associated with any items in a note. You must NOT free memory that is still associated with a note's "items" with OSMemFree, as a subsequent NSFNoteClose will try to free the memory objects that no longer exist and a Notes PANIC halt will be the result.

Another category of functions transfers responsibility for existing memory objects to symmetrical functions. A function such as NSFItemAppendByBLOCKID actually creates an association between an object in memory and a note. You must NOT free the memory associated with note "items" by NSFItemAppendByBLOCKID with OSMemFree, as NSFNoteClose will try to do the same when it is called and a Notes PANIC halt will be the result.

Another category of functions absolves symmetrical functions of their responsibility for existing memory objects. Functions such as NSFItemDeleteByBLOCKID or NSFItemDelete remove the association between an object in memory (item) and a note, and then perform an OSMemFree themselves.

Another category of functions create memory objects for you, in order to return information to the caller. Generally, the size of these memory objects cannot be forseen or efficiently limited. These include, but are not limited to: NIFReadEntries, NSFConvertItemToComposite, and NSFConvertItemToText. Again, the function descriptions will flag any arguments that create memory your program is ultimately responsible for cleaning up.

The final category of functions copy existing memory objects, transferring responsibility for management of the object to a symmetrical function.
NSFItemAppend actually copies a memory object and appends it as a note item (field). NSFNoteClose takes care of the copied data, and you are left with the original object, which your program may either re-use or free.

Parameters : Input : Handle - Handle for the memory object to be freed.

Output : (routine) - Always returns NOERROR. There is no need to check the return value.

Sample Usage :

   if (wCleanUp & FREE_HCDBUF)
See Also : OSMemAlloc OSMemRealloc OSMemGetSize OSLockObject OSUnlockObject