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bug#12095: Protecting pointer on bytevector with guardian does not prote

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#12095: Protecting pointer on bytevector with guardian does not protect memory
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2012 17:42:49 +0200
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Daniel Hartwig <address@hidden> skribis:

> On 8 October 2012 21:44, Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> On 8 October 2012 04:38, Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Right.  But then the pointer is being collected even though it remains
>>> inside the guardian, in the example it is never extracted from there.
>> Well, when the object reaches the guardian’s zombie list, that’s because
>> it’s been finalized, so any weak references from that object can also be
>> nullified.
> Ah.  So I thought that being in the zombie list prevented any
> finalization, thus when the guardian returns an object it is still
> fully functional and only after the reference is lost again does it
> really get finalized.

Well, the object is still usable when the guardian returns it, because
it’s been kept alive by the finalizer (‘finalize_guarded’ in

Now, whether weak references from the object are subject to
“nullification” by the GC is clearly a gray area, but I’m not surprised
that it is.

>> How does it help?  Should we close the bug?  :-)
> Sure.  At least you seem convinced and you has actually hacked on it :-)

Good.  :-)

So closing it now, but feel free to reopen if you think something’s wrong.


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