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Requests that the browser free a specified amount of memory.
#include <npapi.h> uint32 NPN_MemFlush(uint32 size);
The function has the following parameters:
- Size of memory, in bytes, to free in the browser's memory space.
- If successful, the function returns the amount of freed memory, in bytes.
- If no memory can be freed, the browser returns 0.
The plug-in calls
NPN_MemFlush() when it is not possible to call NPN_MemAlloc(), for example, when calling system APIs that indirectly allocate memory. To request that the browser free as much memory as possible, call
NPN_MemFlush() repeatedly until it returns 0.
On the Mac, you can use this method to free memory before calling memory-intensive system calls.
In general, plug-ins should use NPN_MemAlloc() to allocate memory in the browser's memory space, since this function automatically frees cached data if necessary to fulfill the request.