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Re: Guile + Boehm GC

From: Nic
Subject: Re: Guile + Boehm GC
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 14:41:59 +0000

address@hidden (Ludovic =?iso-8859-1?Q?Court=E8s?=) writes:

> Hi all,
> Integration of Boehm's GC within Guile was discussed at length in the
> past, especially back in 2000.  Apparently, Han-Wen even got to the
> point of having an preliminary implementation of Guile that uses it[0].
> Unfortunately the URL mentioned there is no longer valid.
> Han-Wen: Could you summarize your conclusions and maybe make your code
> available as well?
> More generally, do people (still) believe that Guile should use BGC?
> Back then, there was apparently some consensus that it would be a Good
> Thing.

I looked at this about 2 years ago. My goodness it was complicated.

I thought that there was a good argument for overhauling the objects
and the GC together. I thought it would be particularly interesting if
glib objects were used as guile's objects. This wouldn't make
overhauling the GC any easier (except by removing cruft) but it would
be a worthwhile exercise in reduction IMHO.

Nic Ferrier

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