Python's garbage collection was Re: Python reliability

Paul Rubin http
Thu Oct 13 23:56:10 CEST 2005

"Diez B. Roggisch" <deets at> writes:
> > Yes, that would describe just about every cpu for the past 30 years
> > that's a plausible Python target.
> No. The later 68K (>68020) could address on odd adresses. And AFAIK
> all x86 can because of their 8080 stemming.

Yes, "could" but not "does" in terms of what any reasonable actual
compiler implmementations do.  You get a huge performance hit for
using unaligned data.  The one exception is you could conceivably have
character strings starting at odd addresses but it's no big deal to
start them all on 4-byte (or even 2-byte) boundaries.

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