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Re: Garbage collection (was Re: JWZ on s/Java/Perl/)

Jan Dubois
February 12, 2001 10:45
Re: Garbage collection (was Re: JWZ on s/Java/Perl/)
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On Mon, 12 Feb 2001 13:29:21 -0500, Dan Sugalski <> wrote:

>At 10:38 AM 2/12/2001 -0500, Sam Tregar wrote:
>>On Mon, 12 Feb 2001, Dan Sugalski wrote:
>> > Perl needs some level of tracking for objects with finalization attached to
>> > them. Full refcounting isn't required, however.
>>I think I've heard you state that before.  Can you be more specific?  What
>>alternate system do you have in mind?  Is this just wishful thinking?
>This isn't just wishful thinking, no.

You've been asked multiple times to share how this is supposed to work.
Is there a specific reason you don't want to talk about it?

As far as I can see, there is only *one* reason to go to partial
refcounting: it saves some memory.  But beyond that, it is slower, more
complicated and shares all the disadvantages of refcounting.  Why don't
you want to just keep the current scheme and avoid having to think about
mark-and-sweep altogether if you agree that at least partial refcounting
will still be needed?

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