Is memory released after program terminates?

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    Is memory released after program terminates?

    I have a quick question regarding memory. After running a c++ program, is all of the memory used by the program released after the program terminates? How can I make sure that it is released?

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    Yes. Well -- this is not part of the standard, it is up to the operating system. But I think all modern operating systems do take care of that.

    [edit] this is not to say you shouldn't bother with clean-up -- it's better to be in that habit than being "cleverly" lazy
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    But you should not rely on this. It's considered good practice to clean up after yourself.
    The easiest way is to make use of available constructs such as std::vector, std::list, etc. And if you really need to use dynamic memory, we have smart pointers as our disposal, such as std::shared_ptr (or std::tr1::shared_ptr).
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

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    Question 7.24

    If you consider that your module may become part of a larger program at some point, then making sure everything is nice and tight is a good idea.

    Plus it's also good practice
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