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My mistake:

I set an variable to nil outside the loop and then the second time around it
was not nil and therefore not populating the hash as I expected.

-Bernd


-----Original Message-----
From: John Carter [mailto:john.carter / tait.co.nz] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 2:17 PM
To: ruby-talk ML
Subject: Re: Deleting objects?

On Thu, 16 Feb 2006, Paatsch, Bernd wrote:

> My little program works one. However fails when I add a loop two run 
> it multiple times with different input data.
>
> I believe this might be due to objects that have not been delete. Is 
> there a way to delete objects other than setting the variable to nil?

Example...

$global_var  }

def my_func( line)
   # Uses $global_var, $global_var just accumulates objects, never letting
   # go.
end

STDIN.each_line do |line|
   my_func( line)
end

# Now if we use a local variable like so...

def my_func( line)
   local_var  }
   # We get a fresh new hash every loop, old hash and old objects we held
   # on to are garbage collected automagically every time we leave the
   # scope of the variable.
end

To really debug your problem we need to see your code.

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