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How are the size of the stack and heap limited by the OS?

Note: if you need to consider a specific OS to be able to answer, please consider Linux. Whenever I run a program, it will be given a virtual memory space to run in, with an area for its stack and ...
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Why is the main memory for object allocation called the 'heap'?

Has anybody got an idea why the area of main memory where objects are allocated is referred to as the heap. I can understand the rationale for that of the stack LIFO but would like to know what the ...
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Custom heap allocators

Most programs can be quite casual about heap allocation, even to the extent that functional programming languages prefer to allocate new objects than modify old ones, and let the garbage collector ...