[kaffe] GC Documentation

Guilhem Lavaux guilhem at kaffe.org
Sat Feb 18 09:58:13 PST 2006

Hi !

Yes. There is no real documentation for the GC. I am one of the 
maintainer and actually I don't that much time for anything but fixing 
it. If you have questions to build a consistent documentation I can 
answer you though.


Jim White wrote:

> valester at tiscali.it wrote:
>> Hi !
>> We are waiting for the kaffe Garbage Collector documentation. Why 
>> don't you send us ?
>> Kaffe has a free source code so why is it a problem for you to send 
>> us the GC documentation ?
>> It is difficult understand the GC only from the GC source code and 
>> from the short description in the F.A.Q. section.
>> Please, send us the GC source code documentation.
>> Thanks.
> I would like to reply in an amusingly rhetorical fashion because I did 
> get a chuckle from your post.  But I know humor doesn't cross language 
> and culture barriers very well, so I'll refrain.
> Given that:
> A) Documentation in OSS projects is much less common than code 
> (because most programmers naturally prefer to write code rather than 
> documentation and they usually have no incentive to do anything they 
> don't feel like doing for OSS).
> and:
> B) Documentation is so valuable (useful for the reasons you cite but 
> rare for the reasons in A) that it would be unusual indeed for it to 
> be omitted from an OSS project web site.
> I'm sure you can deduce that the most likely reason you've received no 
> response is that no further Kaffe-specific GC documentation exists.
> A great way for a new programmer to contribute to an OSS project is to 
> write documentation.  By writing down the things you learn and 
> problems you solve while figuring out how the system works, you answer 
> exactly the questions other new developers have.  This is how OSS 
> works.  You might even be able to get some class credit from your 
> professor.
> I hope I've been helpful.
> Jim White
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