Python complaints

Gareth McCaughan Gareth.McCaughan at
Fri Nov 26 23:36:36 CET 1999

Markus Stenberg wrote:

[I said:]
>> Garbage collectors have got a *lot* better since the days when
>> GC meant half-second pauses waiting for the machine to sweep
>> through all its memory. Let alone 20 seconds.
> Where can I admire such a beast? At least none of the Java
> implementations(*) I have tried(**) have one. say, for 128MB of trash, it's
> consistent N second sweep (0.5-10, depending on hardware).

In a modern Lisp implementation. Modern Smalltalks are probably
just as good. (Unfortunately, "modern" might have to imply
"commercial" here; I'm not sure of the quality of the GC in
the various free implementations of those languages.)

Gareth McCaughan  Gareth.McCaughan at
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