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Perl doesn't have "garbage collection" in the sense that it never gives memory back to the OS.

That's demonstrably not exactly true:

C:\test>perl -E"say `tasklist|find \"$$\"`; $x=chr(0); $x x= 2e6; say +`tasklist|find \"$$\"`; undef $x; say `tasklist|find \"$$\"`" perl.exe 139252 Console 1 4 +,660 K perl.exe 139252 Console 1 6 +,680 K perl.exe 139252 Console 1 4 +,724 K

That shows that perl allocating a 2MB scalar and then returning that 2MB back to the OS.

On my Perl/system, the break point for the size of allocations that are released back to the system is 1040351 bytes. anything more and it is; less and it is not:

C:\test>perl -E"say `tasklist|find \"$$\"`; $x=chr(0); $x x= 1040352; +say `tasklist|find \"$$\"`; undef $x; say `tasklist|find \"$$\"`" perl.exe 129340 Console 1 4 +,688 K perl.exe 129340 Console 1 5 +,788 K perl.exe 129340 Console 1 4 +,780 K C:\test>perl -E"say `tasklist|find \"$$\"`; $x=chr(0); $x x= 1040351; +say `tasklist|find \"$$\"`; undef $x; say `tasklist|find \"$$\"`" perl.exe 241476 Console 1 4 +,704 K perl.exe 241476 Console 1 5 +,788 K perl.exe 241476 Console 1 5 +,792 K

That number is a around 8k less than 1MB, so presumably it is 1MB internally but then some is used for internal management.

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In reply to Re^2: Timing of garbage collection by BrowserUk
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