Defect Report #075

Submission Date: 03 Dec 93
Submittor: WG14
Source: Clive Feather
Item 12 - alignment of allocated memory
Is a piece of memory allocated by malloc required to be aligned suitably for any type, or only for those types that will fit into the space? For example, following the assignment:
void *vp = malloc (1);
is it required that (void *)(int *)vp compare equal to vp (assuming that sizeof(int) > 1), or is it permissible for vp to be a value not suitably aligned to point to an int?
Subclause 7.10.3 requires allocated memory to be suitably aligned for any type, so they must compare equal.
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