read_allocate man page
read_allocate, read_deallocate — Allocate and deallocate the Read structure.
#include <Read.h> Read *read_allocate( int num_points, int num_bases);
void read_deallocate( Read *read);
These functions create and destroy Read structures. The Read structure is a generalised in-memory data structure used for holding trace data information.
read_allocate() creates a Read structure large enough to hold num_points trace sample points and num_bases called bases. The allocated data is then initialised to appropriate defaults, which are mainly zeros and null pointers.
read_deallocate() destroys a previously created Read structure. It is not sufficient to simply use the free() call instead.
On successful completion, the read_allocate() function returns a pointer to a Read structure. Otherwise this function returns a null pointer.
The read_deallocate() function returns no value.
read_reading(3), fread_reading(3), write_reading(3), fwrite_reading(3)
read_deallocate(3) is an alias of read_allocate(3).