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From Kerr Rainey <kerr_rai...@rokera.com>
Subject Re: [jira] Commented: (JAMES-248) memory management - finalize/nullify after successful delivery of retrieved MailImpl
Date Thu, 08 Apr 2004 17:59:21 GMT

>> You mis-understood.  Rephrasing, you cannot count on Java to call the
>> finalize method if it has not has not yet decided to garbage collect the
>> object.
> I would explain it that you cannot guarantee when Java will decide to 
> garbage collect /this/ object.  Even an explicit call to System.gc() does:

OK, yes I understand that you cannot guarantee when an object will be 
garbage collected, but does java not guarantee that everything will be 
garbage collected eventually? Even if that is not until program exit? To 
be honest, I'm not sure about this. I'd certainly hope any reasonable 
implementation would do this. Too expectant?

Obviously if you have expensive resources tied up you probably want to 
guarantee that they get released in a much more timely fashion ;)


Kerr Rainey - kerr_rainey@rokera.com - http://www.rokera.com

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