[Python-3000] Transitional GC?

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sun Sep 24 22:00:35 CEST 2006

Talin schrieb:
> I wonder if there is a way to create an API for extension modules that 
> would allow a gradual phase-out of reference counting, towards a 'pure' GC.
> (Let's leave aside the merits of reference counting vs. non-reference 
> counting for another thread - please.)
> Most of the discussion up to this point has assumed that there's a sharp 
> line between the two GC schemes - in other words, once you switch over, 
> you have to migrate every extension module all at once.

I think this is a minor issue. Your approach assumes that moving to
a tracing GC will require module authors to change their code. Perhaps
that isn't necessary. It is difficult to tell, in the abstract, whether
your proposal works or not.


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