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Date: 2003-11-14 (20:25)
From: Dmitry Bely <dbely@m...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] GC and file descriptors
Christophe Raffalli <> writes:

>>>     Garbage collecting the subprocesses and file descriptors would
>>> make this a bit more straightforward.
>> The problem with this approach is that the "close" and "wait"
>> system calls have side effects.  I don't like the idea of a GC
>> that has side effects other than the memory size of the program
>> (and finalisation functions, of course).
> Why ? Could you elaborate ?

close() can fail (generate an exception). How are you going to handle it in
the garbage collector? On the contrary, the memory deallocaton always

- Dmitry Bely

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