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From: David McClain <dmcclain@a...>
Subject: Fw: Garbage collection in OCaml
Sorry... I should have mentioned that these trials were running on Win/NT
4.0 SP3 platforms. OCaml version 3.00, with MASM 6.11.


- DM

-----Original Message-----
From: David McClain <>
To: <>
Date: Friday, September 29, 2000 3:50 PM
Subject: Garbage collection in OCaml

>I have a long running analysis program written in compiled OCaml
>If I let it run without interference it gradually allocates more and more
>memory until the system swap space is exhausted. At that point the program
>bombs off with an "out of memory" errror - probably generated by the OCaml
>array management routines.
>OTOH, I found by tinkering that placing a Gc.compact() in a periodically
>performed place, I manage to keep the entire system running within about 70
>MBytes. (My machines all have 256 MB RAM or more).
>I have found that placing a Gc.full_major() does virtually nothing to
>prevent the exhaustion of memory, although it slows it down ever so
>The program was compiled to run with the default GC settings (whatever
>are). That is to say, I did nothing to configure the GC system at program
>Is this behavior normal? Must I plant strategic Gc.compact() in my code? I
>would have thought the GC would be more self monitoring.  Your comments are
>most welcome, even if they are critical!
>David McClain, Sr. Scientist
>Raytheon Missile Systems Co.
>Tucson, AZ