GC problem (finalisers) & comments

Erik Schnetter erik.schnetter at student.uni-tuebingen.de
Thu Apr 10 03:15:01 PDT 1997

On Wed, 9 Apr 1997, Bernie Solomon wrote:


> Actually I do wonder whether it wouldn't be simpler just to plug in the
> Boehm garbage collector instead (e.g. as Sather does). Has anyone done
> this? (I can't recall if it can run incrementally though).

That would seem reasonable to me.  A gargabe collector is a complicated
thing.  If you want to have it thread safe, include finalization, want to
behave it reasonable if a part of the main memory is swapped out, want to
have weak pointers or tell the gc that some memory region will not contain
pointers, etc... then why not use a generic malloc replacement package
like Boehm's?  It's available for a lot of platforms, well tested, *does*
run incrementally if you want it to and has all sorts of pipes and
whistles.  And it has a new mode called "JAVA"something to ensure Java
finalization semantics. 


Erik Schnetter, erik.schnetter at student.uni-tuebingen.de

More information about the kaffe mailing list