Why GIL? (was Re: what's the point of rpython?)

Paul Rubin http
Tue Jan 27 21:45:22 CET 2009

Rhamphoryncus <rhamph at gmail.com> writes:
> IMO it's possible to rewrite only the core while keeping the refcount
> API for external compatibility, but a tracing GC API in portable C is
> hideous. 

It's done all the time for other languages, and is less hassle than
the incref/decref stuff and having to remember the difference between
owned and borrowed references, etc.

> Enough to make me want to find or make a better implementation language.

There is a lot to be said for this, including the self-respect that
comes from a language being able to host its own implementation.

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