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Question about Garbage Collection

 
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class CardBoard {
Short story = 200;// line A
CardBoard go(CardBoard cb) {
cb = null;
return cb;
}
public static void main(String[] args) {
CardBoard c1 = new CardBoard();
CardBoard c2 = new CardBoard();
CardBoard c3 = c1.go(c2);
c1 = null;
// do Stuff
}
}
I extracted this question from Kathye Sierra book chapter 3
in the given sample answer it is said wrapper object (in line A) is also become eligible for garbage collection when execution reach //dostuff
please some one explain how does this wrapper object become eligible for GC
 
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when c1 is assigned to a new object, the variable short is assigned to a new Short wrapper object ...therefore now c1 refers to a object(Cardboard) and this object refers to a new object(Short)....when is c1 is made null the object referred by c1 is lost.....and thus the wrapper object referred by the object is also lost(cannot be referenced) as this object(CardBoard is itself lost).......

i hope you could understand....if not what did not you understand....i will try my best
 
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Thank you very much i understood what happened, if you don't mind can i extend my question

Does it mean, the objects created in side an object are also become eligible for GC once the parent object become eligible

 
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what do you mean parent? does it mean a superclass? when we create a subclass object no superclass object is created.....

was this your question?
 
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Not the superclass if Object A creates Object B,C, and D once Object A become eligible does B,C and D become eligible too
 
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i think yes.....once is object A is gone there would be no variable to access the other objects.....the variables would have died.....

 
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Thanks now i understand much better
 
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Hi,
I don't want to make new topic, so I post my question here.
Why c3 is not eligible for GC? Corrent me if I'm wrong, when i added to above code:

it get:

 
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See my comments below...

Sajith Eashan wrote:class CardBoard {
Short story = 200;// line A
CardBoard go(CardBoard cb) {
cb = null;
return cb;
}
public static void main(String[] args) {
CardBoard c1 = new CardBoard(); // creating 2 objects 1. CardBoard class type of object and 2. Short type of object(the instance variable of class). - line 1
CardBoard c2 = new CardBoard(); // here we also creating 2 objects 1. CardBoard class type of object and 2. Short type of object(the instance variable of class). - line 2
CardBoard c3 = c1.go(c2); // here we refer c3 to null simply, no object created. - line 3
c1 = null; // here we are making eligible line 1 objects for garbage collection, and the rest of object will be remain in memory.
// do Stuff
}
}
I extracted this question from Kathye Sierra book chapter 3
in the given sample answer it is said wrapper object (in line A) is also become eligible for garbage collection when execution reach //dostuff
please some one explain how does this wrapper object become eligible for GC



 
Minhaj Mehmood
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Kamil Wojcik wrote:Hi,
Why c3 is not eligible for GC? Corrent me if I'm wrong, when i added to above code:



well c3 is already null, we haven't created an object for c3.
 
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