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Garbage Collector

Andres Gonzalez
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How many objects will be eligible for GC after the method returns?

the answer says only one ("a" in line 1) is garbage collected.
but what about line 2 and 3?

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Andres Gonzalez
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I have just found this:

The objects created in the String pool are not subjected to GC until the class is unloaded by the JVM. They get discarded at that time or just before the virtual machine unloads the class' bytecode.

Is that the reason why "str" in line 3 is not GCted?
Miki Muzsi
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but what about line 2 and 3?

line 2 declares a primitive variable, not an object! And the question is "How many objects will be eligible .... Anyway "i" is put on the stack so it gets deleted as soon as is out of the scupe (function in this case).
About String literals you already figured out the problem.

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Marlene Miller
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Andres, I have never read such a definitive statement about garbage collection and the string literals. I am curious to know the source of that statement. Marlene
Jose Botella
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Marlene I do not know where Andres has read that, but this post is an example.

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Andres Gonzalez
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Sorry guys for giving the wrong resource.. I was checking my notes and I found this statement here instead of JQplus.
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