Issue #5494 has been reported by Kurt  Stephens.

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Feature #5494: Proposal: Improved Finalizer Semantics  
http://redmine.ruby-lang.org/issues/5494

Author: Kurt  Stephens
Status: Open
Priority: Normal
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Category: 
Target version: 2.0


Proposal: Improved Finalizer Semantics:

ObjectSpace.define_finalizer(object, proc):
** proc should have a single parameter, the object to be finalized, not its id.

When an object with a finalizer is no longer referenced (sweepable):
* The object is reconsidered to be REFERENCED until next GC.
* It's finalizer proc(s) are called, only once, with the object as the sole argument.
* Subsequently, the finalizer procs are removed from the object.
* The object's memory will *NOT* be reclaimed yet, nor will its C free_proc be called, 
  since calling the finalizer proc effectively creates new (temporary) references to the object.
* If the finalizer did *NOT* create any additonal, long-term references to the object, 
  the object's memory and low-level C resources will be reclaimed in the next GC.

This is a simpler protocol: 

* It removes the need for _id2ref in the finalizer procs.
* Prevents other complications: such as GC being reinvoked within a finalizer.
* Finalizers are invoked with the same "urgency" as before.

The downside:

* Objects with finalizers actually live for more than one GC cycle, if they are unreferenced.
* This is probably acceptable since the resources the finalizers "clean-up"
(eg.: file descriptors in a File object) are generally more scarce than the objects holding them.






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