C# Garbage Collection Failure

Rob Withers reefedjib at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 19 02:25:46 UTC 2007

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bert Freudenberg" <bert at freudenbergs.de>
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Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 5:34 PM
Subject: Re: C# Garbage Collection Failure

> On Nov 19, 2007, at 2:05 , Rob Withers wrote:
>>> From http://www.codeproject.com/showcase/ IfOnlyWedUsedANTSProfiler.asp:
>>    "because the objects were still registered as subscribers to an 
>> event, they were never getting deleted"
>> Ah, yes.  Good thing we use weak references to subscribers.
> You never had to clean up an image that got larger and larger for no 
> apparent reason?

I certainly have, as recently as last week, when working with promises and 
eventual sending that goes into the weeds.  It's not always easy to track 
down the source of these things.

However, in the specific case they talk about, objects registered as 
subscribers, Squeak uses WeakMessageSends for event registration, so this 
isn't a problem.  See the implementation of #when:send:to:.  When all other 
references to a subscriber are dropped, it is GCed ok.  Furthermore, the 
action sequences clean up themselves whenever there is a new registration: 
see #asMinimalRepresentation and it's senders.


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