[Gc] Basic questions

Fergus Henderson fjh@cs.mu.oz.au
Sat, 10 May 2003 17:29:29 +1000

On 09-May-2003, Emmanuel Stapf [ES] <manus@eiffel.com> wrote:
> Is there a reason why my pointer cannot be at the end of my allocated area?

Yes -- the GC would not be able to tell the difference between a pointer
to the byte past the end of the area allocated for your object
and a pointer to the start of the next object.  So it would have to
keep *both* objects.  If the next object happened to contain a
pointer to a large data structure, this could cause a large increase
in memory retention.

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