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Re: The taming of the before-gc-hook (was Re: Upcoming 1.3.2 release)
Jim Blandy <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I don't think Guile should include any Scheme-level GC hooks. That's
> a meta-level crossing that I think is particularly nasty.
> We should certainly provide both before- and after-gc hooks at the C
> level. These can be used safely and productively (as in SCWM's case),
> and they give foolish users the opportunity to hang themselves
> however they please.
Jim, we *need* at least one gc-hook on the Scheme level.
(We currently have the %gc-thunk.)
Without it we loose the ability to get code executed when GC actually
happens. It would drain the power of guardians so that they become
*less* powerful than finalization.
A typical thing is to put a guardian harvester procedure on the
What about alternative 1?
It is simple, symmetrical and clean.
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