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Debugging Storage Management Problems in Garbage-Collected Environments

David L. Detlefs and Bill Kalsow

Digital Equipment Corporation
Systems Research Center
Palo Alto, CA 94301



Garbage collection does not solve all storage management problems; programs allocate too much garbage, requiring excess collection, and may retain too much storage, causing heaps to grow too large. This paper discusses these problems and presents tools implemented in the SRC Modula-3 system that help solve them.

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