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- Subject: Re: GC and userdata objects
- From: steve donovan <steve.j.donovan@...>
- Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:53:48 +0200
On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 12:41 PM, Viacheslav Usov <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> about deterministic collection/finalization. The principal issue is that
> some userdata are much more than a handful of bytes, they can be handles,
> connections, money and what not.
This is the important point. I first encountered this issue when doing
Lua on top of Java in Android - the userdata could contain really big
objects like images, but the Lua GC had no way of knowing this. A GC
on top of a GC! I recall that Eric Wing had similar issues with his
Although, at least on Android there is a lot of explicit resource
dropping, because there's not that much memory to wait for the GC to
do its (slow) magic.
I must say I like the idea of deterministic resource finalization,
although I understand it has runtime implications.