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Re: Memory leaks

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Memory leaks
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:39:43 -0500

    Unfortunately, symbols are daisy-chained from their obarray bucket, so
    even unused symbols can't be collected until all their successors in the
    hidden hash bucket chain have become unused as well.

It would not be hard to make GC know how to GC symbols and delete them
from the obarray.  This is a traditional Lisp feature that I left out
to make Emacs smaller.

However, it won't do much good unless you create a lot of symbols that
you don't need for long.  Is that happening?

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
www.fsf.org, www.gnu.org

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