Re: Garbage collection in C++

James Kanze <>
Fri, 21 Nov 2008 03:57:23 -0800 (PST)
On Nov 20, 6:09 pm, Noah Roberts <> wrote:

Sam wrote:

James Kanze writes:

inexperienced programmer will not be able to install the
Boehm collector on his machine.

You do not need to be a rocket scientist to run 'configure',
'make', and 'make install' (or its close equivalent in case
that package uses an oddball installation procedure).

I think I have to disagree with you on this one. Being able
to proficiently manipulate ANY command line appears to be a
fairly rare skill among new developers, let alone Unix (which
simply blows their fuses).

I'm pretty experienced with command line interfaces, having
working in CS long before graphic screens were invented. But I
often find installing code with configure somewhat of a hassle.
First, of course, because it isn't among the commands I
regularly use, and each product has a different set of options,
often poorly documented. In the case of the Boehm collector,
however, the issues are much deeper, because it is at such a low
level; it has to collaborate with libc and with the system,
which means a bit of tuning. Enough to require some
understanding of how garbage collection, and memory management
in general, works.

James Kanze (GABI Software)
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