How can I read a file with mmap in C?

Yesterday I introduced mmap as a way to map physical memory into the address space. But mmap is more well-known for its ability to map files into the address space.

Here’s an example of reading the system dictionary file by memory-mapping it.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/mman.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <fcntl.h>

int main(void) {
  int fd = open("/usr/share/dict/words", O_RDONLY);
  size_t pagesize = getpagesize();
  char * region = mmap(
    (void*) (pagesize * (1 << 20)), pagesize,
    fd, 0
  fwrite(region, 1, pagesize, stdout);
  int unmap_result = munmap(region, pagesize);
  return 0;
Tagged #memory-management, #c.

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