[Haskell-cafe] Re: Are handles garbage-collected?

Simon Marlow simonmar at microsoft.com
Tue Oct 26 05:09:47 EDT 2004

On 26 October 2004 03:51, oleg at pobox.com wrote:

> Simon Marlow wrote:
>> I've been wondering whether having a more synchronous kind of
>> finalizer would be a good thing.
> Hans Boehm in his POPL2003 paper "Destructors, Finalizers, and
> Synchronization" persuasively argued that finalizers _must_ be
> asynchronous. That assertion is the title of Section 3.5 of the paper.

I didn't mean fully synchronous, just "more synchronous".  For example,
the finalization routine could be run directly after garbage collection.
Hugs & nhc98 already do this, because they don't support Haskell

Just a thought, anyway (and I've read that paper, it's great).


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