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- Subject: Re: Garbage collection
- From: "tom7ca" <tmb-yahoo-egroups@...>
- Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2002 04:35:15 -0000
> No need to get religious. M&S may be appropriate for you but not for
> problems like ours. We have no idle time.
As I said, the current Lua collector may well not work for you.
So, something needs to be done. The question is: what?
> Reference counting spreads the collection hit.
The problem is that it doesn't in general. Reference
counting can give you worse collection hits than even
Lua's simple garbage collector, because a single assignment
can result in very large numbers of objects becoming
If you need real-time performance or soft real-time performance,
the way to do it is to implement a real-time or soft real-time
memory manager. But reference counting isn't one of those,
and implementing it for that purpose is a waste of time.
Implementing a real-time or soft real-time garbage collector
isn't all that hard. Why not just solve the problem and
do things right?