[gclist] conservative gc

Bob Kerns rwk@brightware.com
Fri, 16 Jan 1998 17:35:04 -0800

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	In connection with this, I observe that conservative techniques
will NEVER
	ignore dead variables. We also found that one cannot always get
rid of the
	problem by setting a variable to nil after its last use, at
least for Java. If
	the last use is as an argument to a call, there is no way to
"slip in" the
	assignment of nil between passing the variable as an argument
and making the

	In lisp, you can write (call-some-function (prog1 some-var (setq
some-var nil))) to slip in the assignment to nil.

	Unfortunately, as ugly as that is, it would be even uglier in