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Re^3: What's the weaken here for?

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Jan 20, 2012 at 03:16 UTC ( #948876=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: What's the weaken here for?
in thread What's the weaken here for?

The author must have done this for some reason...

Because in the real code, unlike your simplification of it, the weakened sub reference forms a closure over itself:

$wrapper = sub { $self->unsubscribe($name => $wrapper); $cb->(@_); };

Ie. It contains a circular reference which would leak memory without the weakening.

For example, with the weaken commented, this leaks like a sieve:

#! perl -slw use strict; use Scalar::Util qw[ weaken ]; sub once { my $wrapper; $wrapper = sub { return $wrapper->(); }; # weaken $wrapper; return $wrapper; } once for 1 .. 1e9;

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