Running out of memory

Tim Rowledge tim at
Thu Sep 7 16:15:20 UTC 2000

"Eric Arseneau" <eat at> is widely believed to have written:

> Does Squeak request more memory from the OS as it needs it, or does it have
> to allocate it all from the beginning ?
The latter.
> If it needs to pre-allocate, is this not bad ?
Depends - it has a certain simplicity and portability, but obviously
reduce runtime flexibility. 
> With most VMs I've worked with, you can specify some of the allocation
> strategies that the VM uses. This is very useful.  You can ask the VM to
> pre-allocate, allocate by certain chunck size, not to exceed a set size, and so
> on.  Does Squeak support, or will it support any of these types of GC features ?
No support yet. How much are you going to pay me to provide it :-) 

Tim Rowledge, tim at,
All the simple programs have been written, and all the good names taken.

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