[Oberon] memory freeing

Aubrey.McIntosh at Alumni.UTexas.Net Aubrey.McIntosh at Alumni.UTexas.Net
Wed Jun 30 00:22:53 MEST 2010

The garbage collector is mentioned a lot in the literature on Oberon.
The main ideas are that it is difficult to manage this correctly from
a programmed point of view, so it is done automatically by the system.

Most compilers emit a system field that links all the dynamic
variables, and the garbage collector is able to know which of the
fields are reachable by some globally anchored variable.

The result is, when you are finished with a pointer, set it to NIL.
No other memory management is required.  The garbage collector, as a
system supplied service, stays invisible to you.

On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 3:19 PM, spir <denis.spir at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> When I resize the array actually holding a sequence's elements, the previous array is lost. In C or Pascal, I should free it, since it is dynamically allocated (in heap, certainly); but there is no such statement (free, release) in Oberon AFAIK.
> The report speak about GC, but this is in the informative part presenting some aspects of Oberon-the-system as an example environment for Oberon-the-language.
> oo2c, the compiler I presently, indeed can be built to use a GC (and I did it). So, I should be safe. But this does not solve the issue in the general case. What should I do?
> Thank you,
> Denis
> ________________________________
> vit esse estrany ☣
> spir.wikidot.com
> --
> Oberon at lists.inf.ethz.ch mailing list for ETH Oberon and related systems
> https://lists.inf.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/oberon

Aubrey McIntosh, Ph.D.
1502 Devon Circle
Austin TX 78723-1814

More information about the Oberon mailing list