Can garbage collection ensure that a program will not run out of memory while running? I know there is no way to know when it will begin, but does it have a safegaurd that will cause it to execute at some random time before the program runs out of memory?
posted 16 years ago
In fact, it is guaranteed that it will run immediately if a memory request is made and insufficient memory is present to fill the request. However, there is no guarantee that it will be able to successfully free any memory - if all the objects in memory still have references to them, you're basically screwed.