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Re: Catching errors in closing lexical filehandles

by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop)
on Sep 27, 2004 at 09:06 UTC ( #394102=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Catching errors in closing lexical filehandles

Planning ahead for Perl 6, and after reading this thread, it seems best to get used to calling close() explicitly. AFAICT, in Perl 6, by default, the file handle will not get closed until a Dead Object Detection (DOD) run is triggered, which is not guaranteed to happen on scope exit.

This is because Parrot will replace Perl 5's simple reference counting with full garbage collection. Though languages (such as Perl 5) that run on Parrot can implement traditional Perl 5-style reference counting/timely destruction semantics, it seems likely that doing so will incur a performance penalty (triggering a DOD run on scope exit, for instance).

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by gaal (Parson) on Sep 27, 2004 at 09:36 UTC
    Good stuff, thanks for the link.

    I for one wish Perl6 will have some way of requesting timely destroyed objects. :)

      Would it be enough that all items who wish to be notified of the destruction are notified in a timely fashion? This would be vs. at the time of the actual freeing of the memory, which the DOD run is needed for.

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        I think so! Not speaking as an expert here, but as a programming language user: once a variable goes out of scope, it is effectively out of the game. If going out of scope frees memory, wonderful. If it does other useful things like close files as well, wonderfuller. And if it does this at the best likely time, wonderfullest :)

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