Re: Gc Question

From: Damien Doligez (
Date: Thu Dec 23 1999 - 17:54:04 MET

Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 17:54:04 +0100
From: Damien Doligez <>
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Subject: Re: Gc Question

>From: skaller <>

>How does (or should I say 'can') the garbage collector
>tell the difference between a pointer to a structured block,
>and a pointer to something else (outside the caml heap)?

Quite simply, a pointer to outside the heap points outside the heap...
Concretely, this is done by dividing the memory into 4k "pages" and
having a table of bytes to tell for each page whether it is in the

>the collector 'knows' where all structure blocks live
>and tests for that. [Conservative collectors often do just that]
>Is this the case??

In short, yes, although the collector doesn't know about each block

-- Damien

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