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Re: gc in GNUstep (Was: soname of gc variant of gnustep-base)

From: Nicola Pero
Subject: Re: gc in GNUstep (Was: soname of gc variant of gnustep-base)
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 12:58:19 +0100 (BST)

> > I think gnustep-make doesn't really have a satisfactory / consistent
> > support for garbage collection libraries ... I'd certainly like to fix
> > this.
> Maybe it's a little bit off-topic or already discussed to death, 
> but what is the intended use/advantage of Garbage Collection in 
> GNUstep?

Well ... that it is a great feature :-)

I am very happy with manual management of objects and memory, but it's a
fact that some people prefer automatic garbage collection.  I suppose it's
a matter of taste.

Having support for garbage collecting in GNUstep looks like a great thing
... in general terms, it's a great feature.  It doesn't really mean you
must use garbage collecting in your programs ... but that you can use it.

I would be particularly interested in seeing if complete and working
garbage collecting support would make it easier for people to start
using/coding gnustep.  One of the most difficult and confusing things at
the beginning is memory management (reference counting, autorelease pools
etc).  Not that it is terribly difficult, but looks like most of the
questions and errors and problems that people starting using gnustep have
are related to memory management.  Maybe if we had garbage collecting we
could tell people to start coding using the garbage collector, and learn
about autorelese pools etc later on.

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