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Forcing garbage collector

vicky malhotra

Joined: Feb 05, 2005
Posts: 16
Is there any way by which we can force garbage collector to act? I mean its true that garbage collector will act on any object for which there is no reference. But the garbage collector works on its own. Can we somehow force it to run?
Steven Bell
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Joined: Dec 29, 2004
Posts: 1071

You can 'recommend' (System.gc()) it to run, but there are not garuntees.
Mike Gershman
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Joined: Mar 13, 2004
Posts: 1272
On the other hand, I have found that the garbage collector in j2se will actually finalize and delete all eligible objects in small programs when System.gc() is called. I think this is just a courtesy to students and doesn't change the standard.

Mike Gershman
SCJP 1.4, SCWCD in process
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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