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    Definition question

    What does resolving memory mean ?

    Context: Resolving any virtual memory access without the help of the TLB requires three separate main memory accesses.


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    segmentation fault
    "Resolving" is a fairly common english word which essentially means "to tie up loose ends or complete properly" but has some other nuances (look here). I do not think it has any special meaning in computer programming, so that one sentence is not much context to work with.
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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    Your definition helped me understand it.
    I had previously looked in but that did not help me much.

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    In my opinion, use of the the word "resolve" in this context is computerese. It means to "convert or transform" (that part is definition #4) into a physical memory address from the virtual address.

    If a linking process complains about being unable to resolve a symbol, it means it can not find it.

    When someone is talking about how to resolve memory leaks, they are really saying "how to solve/fix". The word is used all over the place.

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