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Is it the process that cleans itself on termination or the kernel?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – Recently I found this in a powerpoint presentation: When a program is compiled and linked, the linker inserts some extra code in the program. It is this code that calls the main function about the same way a user calls "lower functions". The extra code has two functionalities: make sure that the C program runs in the right environment cleanup after succesfull termination Prior to that I thought that cleanup was kernel's job. What is the right story? (HowTos)