[Mono-devel-list] Garbage Collection problem
mathpup at mylinuxisp.com
Wed Oct 1 15:23:13 EDT 2003
Just because a GC in conservative does not mean that it cannot compact the
heap. In fact, the Modula-3 garbage collector is conservative (and runs in
incremental mode by default on many platforms), yet it is able to compact the
heap. The Modula-3 collector is based on Barlett's work:
Also, some documentation is found in the Modula-3 interface RTCollector.i3:
On Wednesday 01 October 2003 5:51 am, Michal Moskal wrote:
> Mono uses Boehm GC, that is *conservative*, i.e. it can never tell if
> given data is integer or a pointer. Which means it cannot touch pointers
> (since they could be integers). And hence it cannot move data around.
> On the plus side -- it can be used to garbage collect C, or any other
> machine code, as long as it doesn't store pointers in external memory.
> OTOH it is possible to have precise garbage collection in .NET, but it's
> a lot harder.
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