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Garbage Collector: Default Behavior

Rodney Woodruff
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Joined: Dec 04, 2001
Posts: 80
If I call finalize() on an object before the garbage collector will the garbage collector still call finalize() on that object? This question stems from the fact that the finalize method will only be called on an object once in its lifetime.
Thanks for all your help.

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Rob Ross

Joined: Jan 07, 2002
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Yes Rodney, the finalize() method may still be called (once) by the gc even if you manually call it.
*ANY* method you create, you are free to call. You can even call your own main() method.
It's just that some methods are entry points that the VM uses to control your app, and they are well-known, like main() and finalize().

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