Requests that the browser free a specified amount of memory.
Implemented only on Mac OS.
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 plug-in 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 Mac OS, you can use this method to free memory before calling memory-intensive Mac Toolbox 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.