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Forcing garbage collection

Posted by Joe on May 31, 2001 at 6:08 PM

FYI, According to Roberts, et al. (coauthor of the Sun approved certification exams) "Garbage collection cannot be forced. Calling System.gc() or Runtime.gc() is not 100 percent reliable, since the garbage-collection thread might defer to a thread of higher priority."

> > So we would like to unlod or have the properties garbage collected
> > once we are done with them. Setting them to null doesn't seems
> > to do the trick...we are using JDK 1.1.8 by the way.

> Did you try to force executing the garbage collection by calling System.gc() (Runtime.getRuntime().gc)?


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