[Gc] C++ API enhancement proposal

Hans Boehm Hans.Boehm at hp.com
Sun Oct 14 21:54:48 PDT 2007

For what it's worth, the current CVS tree initializes on demand
for GC_malloc again, to the extent the platform allows.  I expect that
even on platforms for which GC_INIT was always needed, you may again get 
away with it so long as the first real GC happens after GC_INIT is called.

I still agree that you should still avoid non-POD globals.  They may get 
particularly interesting if you have daemon threads running that continue 
to run after the destructors for those globals.  The C++ committee has 
spent some time discussing how to deal with this.  But that's a different 


On Sun, 14 Oct 2007, MenTaLguY wrote:

> On Mon, 2007-10-15 at 03:20 +1000, skaller wrote:
>> I beg to differ. The best practice is to use only global POD
>> constants.
> If you want singletons, it's the best way to do them without resorting
> to non-POD constants, period.
> Granted, doing singletons in C++ does mean fighting the language, and I
> admit they're rarely the best way to do things generally...
> -mental

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