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Re: Timing of garbage collection

by dave_the_m (Prior)
on Jan 18, 2013 at 21:50 UTC ( #1014137=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Timing of garbage collection

As I understand it, object destruction happens in garbage collection, which is not guaranteed to happen at any particular time (before process termination). I must not count on actions in the destructor happening promptly when the last reference to an object goes away.
No, perl uses reference counting rather than mark-and-sweep style garbage collection, so an object is guaranteed to be destroyed (and any destructor called) immediately its reference count goes to zero, not some random time later.

Dave.