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/*
   YASYNC.H
   Headers describing a simple memory management package for
   Yorick-derived programs, which is "safe" against asynchronous
   interrupts.  That is, memory allocated with this package will
   be tracked and freed, even if the subroutine which allocates
   the memory never finishes due to an asynchronous interrupt.

   $Id: yasync.h,v 1.1 1993/08/27 18:32:09 munro Exp $
 */
/*    Copyright (c) 1994.  The Regents of the University of California.
                    All rights reserved.  */

#ifndef YASYNC_H
#define YASYNC_H

extern void *YAsyncBytes(long n);    /* use instead of malloc */
extern void YAsyncFree(void *ptr);   /* use instead of free */

extern void YAsyncWork(void);
/* Preface a series of calls to YAsyncBytes, which are allocating
   temporary working space, with a call to YAsyncWork.
   If anything allocated with YAsyncBytes after the previous call
   to YAsyncWork has not been freed by a call to YAsyncFree, this
   call to YAsyncWork will free those arrays.  (You can therefore
   place a second call to YAsyncWork at the end of the routine that
   needed the temporary space in order to clean up, instead of
   matching calls to YAsyncFree.  I personally don't care for this
   programming style -- I like to see the matching frees.)
   Therefore, a routine which calls YAsyncWork, and thereafter uses
   YAsyncBytes to allocate workspace, need not worry about recording
   the whereabouts of its arrays to protect against interrupts.
 */

extern void YAsyncError(const char *msg);
/* This routine cleans up all memory allocated since the most recent
   YAsyncWork, then prints the given error message (or a standard
   message if msg==0).
   YAsyncError NEVER RETURNS TO THE CALLER.
 */

extern void YWarning(const char *msg);
/* Prints the warning message, but takes no other action.
   (Duplicates declaration in binio.h.)
   Use this very sparingly, if at all.
 */

#endif