Nice garbage collector for C extensions!

Tim Peters tim.peters at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 06:02:35 CEST 2004


[Nick Jacobson]
>>> What about the Boehm-Demers-Weiser conservative garbage collector (at
>>> http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Hans_Boehm/gc/)?

[Michael Hudson]
>> It's been tried, with unspectacular results.

[Nick]
> What's been tried?

Using BDW with Python, by several people over a span of years.

> I was suggesting using this garbage collector to avoid the need for reference
> counting when writing C extensions.  Has that been tried?

Right.

>  And if so, what do you mean by "unspectacular"?

Crashes and slowdowns.

>> Google can probably find more gory details.

> Searching Google for what exactly? :P

Start with

    Python Boehm



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