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Marshal.AllocCoTaskMem Method

Allocates a block of memory of specified size from the COM task memory allocator.

Namespace: System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static IntPtr AllocCoTaskMem (
	int cb
)
public static IntPtr AllocCoTaskMem (
	int cb
)
public static function AllocCoTaskMem (
	cb : int
) : IntPtr

Parameters

cb

The size of the block of memory to be allocated.

Return Value

An integer representing the address of the block of memory allocated. This memory must be released with Marshal.FreeCoTaskMem.

Exception typeCondition

OutOfMemoryException

There is insufficient memory to satisfy the request.

AllocCoTaskMem is one of two memory allocation API methods in the Marshal class. (Marshal.AllocHGlobal is the other.) The initial memory content returned is undefined, and the allocated memory can be larger than the requested number of bytes. This method exposes the CoTaskMemAlloc COM API method, which is referred to as the COM task memory allocator. For additional information about CoTaskMemAlloc, see the MSDN Library.

NoteNote

This method uses SecurityAction.LinkDemand to prevent it from being called from untrusted code; only the immediate caller is required to have SecurityPermissionAttribute.UnmanagedCode permission. If your code can be called from partially trusted code, do not pass user input to Marshal class methods without validation. For important limitations on using the LinkDemand member, see Demand vs. LinkDemand.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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