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I have got a question regarding object finalization.
My Question is: - When I set „tf = null“ why doesn’t it call the finalize method and print out ("Hey, I'm in TestFinalize finalize()")? It seems it only calls the finalize() method when I set the reference to null (tf = null) AND excplicitly suggest garbage collection with „System.gc()“. WHY doesn’t it simply call finalize() method when i set the object reference To null. Why do I have to call System.gc() additionally?
When an object is unreachable, it becomes *eligible* for gc'ing - that is, the next time the garbage collector runs, it *may* gc the object. The finalize method is called *immediately* before the object gets gc'ed and there is no guarantee to when or wether this will happen besides that it will happen before an OutOfMemoryError occurs. Even System.gc() does only *suggest* that the gc gets activated. Did that help?
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