Why LispOS?

Kragen kragen@pobox.com
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 18:02:13 -0500 (EST)

On Wed, 25 Mar 1998, Mike McDonald wrote:
>   As for doing a gc on a lispm, NO, NEVER! It was faster to reboot the
> machine every couple of months than do a full gc. The only time one
> would do a full gc was right before dumping a world load. Now, if you
> make everything persistant, then I guess you'd have to do a full gc to
> clean things up as much as possible. I'd hate to see how long that'd
> take on a machine with a couple gig of memory.

Incremental GC, especially if it were running during idle time (and not
just at cons time), would eliminate this problem.  Unless you happened
to almost fill up your disk -- which could be a bad thing.