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From: David Brown <caml-list@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Does Caml have slow arithmetics ?
On Wed, Jul 07, 2004 at 07:43:13PM +0200, Olivier P?r?s wrote:
> David Brown wrote:
> >
> >The only pointers that ocaml "cares" about (in the sense of the GC or
> >polymorphic compare) are those that are allocated on the ocaml heap.
> 
>    Sure, but the reason given above to zero-tag integers was to have C 
> pointers "look" like integers to the GC. However, C pointers are not 
> necessarily aligned and thus may mislead the GC into trying to 
> garbage-collect them.

No.  Aligned C pointers look like pointers to the GC.  It uses a bitmap
to distinguish between C pointers and ocaml heap managed pointers.
Misaligned pointers are the ones that will look like integers to the GC.

Dave

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