[Gc] Re: Do finalizers run at exit?

S M Ryan wyrmwif at rawbw.com
Sat Dec 29 14:18:34 PST 2007

On Dec 29, 2007, at 12:58 PM, Achilleas Margaritis wrote:

> Thanks a lot for replying, but my question is still unanswered.
> It's not a difficult question, is it? I am just asking why  
> finalizers are NOT invoked AT EXIT, while they are INVOKED after a  

Because people already using finalisers don't want/don't expect this.  
Changing the code at this point would perturb existing correctly  
working programs.

If I had to ensure run all finalisers, I would chain everything with  
a finaliser and mimic finaliser calls on the chain myself when I  
needed it. The finalisable block should know whether it has already  
been finalised.

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