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Quoth David Pirrò <>, on 2010-10-23 14:22:27 +0200:
> Is there a possibility to "force" the garbage collection?

No.  Why do you need to do this?  Overwrite the contents of the
userdata with a recognizable invalid state, then make further
operations on it fail (and any finalizer do nothing instead).  If you
have a giant piece of memory that you need to free immediately or
something, make the userdata only contain a pointer there, and then
free the memory yourself in the dispose operation.

Think about what you're describing: you're asking for every reference
from anywhere in the heap to suddenly become something else.  It's not
impossible to design a GC scheme that allows this, but it tends to be
either very expensive (scanning the entire heap) or pretty complicated
and not as useful as you think (using forwarding pointers).

> David

   ---> Drake Wilson