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From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 21:43:11 -0300
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Ludovic Courtès escreveu:
> Hi Han-Wen,
> Han-Wen Nienhuys <address@hidden> writes:
>> I've implemented an env var GUILE_MAX_HEAP_SIZE (- some lilypond users
>> were complaining that running lily on large sets of files keeps
>> growing the heap forever, leading to trashing).
> Of course, the correct fix would be to help the GC be more reasonable,
> as it's currently somewhat broken:

> Also, it gives me the impression that we've definitely lost control over
> the GC code, and we're adding yet another configuration variable to work
> around that.  :-(


I did a cleanup round over the GC code - see the dev/hanwen branch on ; It seems to work ok, there is a just one annoyance: there
is a commented out assert that works most of the time, but once in a
while is off by a small amount in either direction.  Comments/insights

Unfortunately, I am not the patient type, and also not aflush with
free time, so the changes come as one big bunch, with layout,
refactoring and some bugfixes all lumped together.

(I intend to squash into a single commit before pushing to master).

Garbage collection cleanup.

* Remove data that might be out of date; remove
  scm_i_adjust_min_yield().  We don't store min_yields, since they
  are only accurate at one point in time (when the sweep finishes). 
  We decide the min yield at that point from min_yield_fraction and
  freelist->collected / freelist->swept

* Introduce scm_i_gc_heap_size_delta() replacing
* Remove foo_1 fields containing penultimate results.

* After GC, count mark bit vector to discover number of live
  objects. This simplifies hairy updates.

* Many formatting and layout cleanups.

* Fix in scm_i_sweep_card(): return the length of free_list returned,
  rather than number of deleted objects.

* For mtrigger GCs: do not also run a full sweep after the gc() call, as
  this is inconsistent with lazy sweeping.

* Remove scm_i_make_initial_segment().

* Use calloc in scm_i_make_empty_heap_segment() to save on init's.

* New function scm_i_sweep_for_freelist() which sweeps, with proper
  statistic variable updates.

* New segments are conceptually blocks with 100% reclaimable cells.

* Remove some useless constants/comments: SCM_HEAP_SIZE,

* Do not increment scm_cells_allocated() from the
  scm_[double]cell(). This would be a race condition.

* Move some deprecation checks in separate functions to not distract
  from main code flow.

 Han-Wen Nienhuys - address@hidden -

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