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Re: Value reference counting
On Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 10:13:35AM +0400, Vladimir Prus wrote:
> > + /* The number of references to this value. This initially includes
> > + one reference from the value chain; if release_value is called,
> > + it converts that into a normal reference. */
> > + int reference_count;
> > };
> I do not fully understand this comment, specifically the "it converts
> that into a normal reference". What is "it", what is "that" and what
> is "normal reference" and where the convention happens? From your email,
> I gather it's intentional that release_value does not have to be changed,
> but I don't understand anything else :-( I am sure it's just me, but
> a better comment would be good.
"It" is release_value, and "that" is the one reference. Is this
/* The number of references to this value. When a value is created,
the value chain holds a reference, so REFERENCE_COUNT is 1. If
release_value is called, this value is removed from the chain but
the caller of release_value now has a reference to this value.
The caller must arrange for a call to value_free later. */