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GCObject documentation

Authors

Richard Frith-Macdonald (rfm@gnu.org)

Copyright: (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.


Contents -

  1. Software documentation for the GCArray class
  2. Software documentation for the GCDictionary class
  3. Software documentation for the GCMutableArray class
  4. Software documentation for the GCMutableDictionary class
  5. Software documentation for the GCObject class
  6. Software documentation for the GCObject(Extra) category

Software documentation for the GCArray class

GCArray : NSArray

Declared in:
GNUstepBase/GCObject.h
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.

Instance Variables



Instance Variables for GCArray Class

_contents

@protected id* _contents;
Availability: OpenStep

Warning the underscore at the start of the name of this instance variable indicates that, even though it is not technically private, it is intended for internal use within the package, and you should not use the variable in other code.

_count

@protected unsigned int _count;
Availability: OpenStep

Warning the underscore at the start of the name of this instance variable indicates that, even though it is not technically private, it is intended for internal use within the package, and you should not use the variable in other code.

_isGCObject

@protected BOOL* _isGCObject;
Availability: OpenStep

Warning the underscore at the start of the name of this instance variable indicates that, even though it is not technically private, it is intended for internal use within the package, and you should not use the variable in other code.

gc

@protected gcInfo gc;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.




Software documentation for the GCDictionary class

GCDictionary : NSDictionary

Declared in:
GNUstepBase/GCObject.h
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.

Instance Variables



Instance Variables for GCDictionary Class

_map

@protected NSMapTable* _map;
Availability: OpenStep

Warning the underscore at the start of the name of this instance variable indicates that, even though it is not technically private, it is intended for internal use within the package, and you should not use the variable in other code.

gc

@protected gcInfo gc;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.




Software documentation for the GCMutableArray class

GCMutableArray : NSMutableArray

Declared in:
GNUstepBase/GCObject.h
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.

Instance Variables



Instance Variables for GCMutableArray Class

_contents

@protected id* _contents;
Availability: OpenStep

Warning the underscore at the start of the name of this instance variable indicates that, even though it is not technically private, it is intended for internal use within the package, and you should not use the variable in other code.

_count

@protected unsigned int _count;
Availability: OpenStep

Warning the underscore at the start of the name of this instance variable indicates that, even though it is not technically private, it is intended for internal use within the package, and you should not use the variable in other code.

_isGCObject

@protected BOOL* _isGCObject;
Availability: OpenStep

Warning the underscore at the start of the name of this instance variable indicates that, even though it is not technically private, it is intended for internal use within the package, and you should not use the variable in other code.

_maxCount

@protected unsigned int _maxCount;
Availability: OpenStep

Warning the underscore at the start of the name of this instance variable indicates that, even though it is not technically private, it is intended for internal use within the package, and you should not use the variable in other code.

gc

@protected gcInfo gc;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.




Software documentation for the GCMutableDictionary class

GCMutableDictionary : NSMutableDictionary

Declared in:
GNUstepBase/GCObject.h
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.

Instance Variables



Instance Variables for GCMutableDictionary Class

_map

@protected NSMapTable* _map;
Availability: OpenStep

Warning the underscore at the start of the name of this instance variable indicates that, even though it is not technically private, it is intended for internal use within the package, and you should not use the variable in other code.

gc

@protected gcInfo gc;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.




Software documentation for the GCObject class

GCObject : NSObject

Declared in:
GNUstepBase/GCObject.h
Availability: OpenStep

The GCObject class is both the base class for all garbage collected objects, and an infrastructure for handling garbage collection.

It maintains a list of all garbage collectable objects and provides a method to run a garbage collection pass on those objects.


Instance Variables

Method summary

gcCollectGarbage 

+ (void) gcCollectGarbage;
Availability: OpenStep

This method runs a garbage collection, causing unreferenced objects to be deallocated. This is done using a simple three pass algorithm -

Pass 1
All the garbage collectable objects are sent a -gcDecrementRefCountOfContainedObjects message.
Pass 2
All objects having a refCount greater than 0 are sent an -gcIncrementRefCountOfContainedObjects message.
Pass 3
All the objects that still have the refCount of 0 are part of cyclic graphs and none of the objects from this graph are held by some object outside graph. These objects receive the -dealloc message. In this method they should send the -dealloc message to any garbage collectable (GCObject and subclass) instances they contain.

During garbage collection, the +gcIsCollecting method returns YES.


gcIsCollecting 

+ (BOOL) gcIsCollecting;
Availability: OpenStep

Returns a flag to indicate whether a garbage collection is in progress.

gcObjectWillBeDeallocated: 

+ (void) gcObjectWillBeDeallocated: (GCObject*)anObject;
Availability: OpenStep

Called to remove anObject from the list of garbage collectable objects.
This method is provided so that classes which are not subclasses of GCObject (but which have the same initial instance variable layout) can use multiple inheritance (behaviors) to act as GCObject instances, but can have their own -dealloc methods.
These classes should call this in their own -dealloc methods.

gcDecrementRefCount 

- (void) gcDecrementRefCount;
Availability: OpenStep

Decrements the garbage collection reference count for the receiver.

gcDecrementRefCountOfContainedObjects 

- (void) gcDecrementRefCountOfContainedObjects;
Availability: OpenStep

Marks the receiver as not having been visited in the current garbage collection process (first pass of collection).

All container subclasses should override this method to call the super implementation then decrement the ref counts of their contents as well as sending the -gcDecrementRefCountOfContainedObjects message to each of them.


gcIncrementRefCount 

- (void) gcIncrementRefCount;
Availability: OpenStep

Increments the garbage collection reference count for the receiver.

gcIncrementRefCountOfContainedObjects 

- (BOOL) gcIncrementRefCountOfContainedObjects;
Availability: OpenStep

Checks to see if the receiver has already been visited in the current garbage collection process, and either marks the receiver as visited (and returns YES) or returns NO to indicate that it had already been visited.

All container subclasses should override this method to call the super implementation then, if the method returns YES, increment the reference count of any contained objects and send the -gcIncrementRefCountOfContainedObjects to each of the contained objects too.




Instance Variables for GCObject Class

gc

@protected gcInfo gc;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.




Software documentation for the GCObject(Extra) category

GCObject(Extra)

Declared in:
GNUstepBase/GCObject.h
Availability: OpenStep

This category implements accessor methods for the instance variables used for garbage collecting. If/when we can ensure that all garbage collecting classes use the same initial ivar layout, we can remove these methods and the garbage collector can access the ivars directly, making a pretty big performance improvement during collecting.
NB. These methods must *only* be used by the garbage collecting process or in methods called from the garbage collector. Anything else is not thread-safe.
Method summary

gcAlreadyVisited 

- (BOOL) gcAlreadyVisited;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.

gcNextObject 

- (GCObject*) gcNextObject;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.

gcPreviousObject 

- (GCObject*) gcPreviousObject;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.

gcSetNextObject: 

- (GCObject*) gcSetNextObject: (GCObject*)anObject;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.

gcSetPreviousObject: 

- (GCObject*) gcSetPreviousObject: (GCObject*)anObject;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.

gcSetVisited: 

- (void) gcSetVisited: (BOOL)flag;
Availability: OpenStep

Description forthcoming.


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