[mercury-users] Memory management when CPP calls Mercury

Ondrej Bojar oboj7042 at ss1000.ms.mff.cuni.cz
Thu Dec 13 23:20:42 AEDT 2001


I intend to use my Mercury predicates in a C++ program. My predicates get
a string and return MR_list. I know, how to parse MR_list in C++, but I
don't understand what exactly does conservative garbage collector.

I'm afraid of not releasing memory occupied by the MR_list when done in C.
Proper releasing of memory is crucial for me, since the C++ program looks

while (1) {
  char * a_new_thing;
  MR_list parsed_thing;

  a_new_thing = malloc_and_get_the_thing_from_somewhere();

  parsed_thing = my_mercury_function(a_new_thing);



  /* should I release MR_list parsed_thing now? And how? */

I release the string with free(a_new_thing), but how do I release MR_list
parsed_thing? Or does this Mercury for me? When?

I need also the other way:

while (1) {
  int *input_array;
  MR_list input_list;
  char * parsed_thing;

  input_array = malloc_and_get_from_somewhere_a_list_of_numbers();

  input_list = use_MR_cons_to_build_MR_list_from_array(input_array);


  parsed_thing = my_mercury_function_to_parse_list(input_list);

  printf("Got: %s\n", parsed_thing);

  /* should I free parsed_thing now? (using free() I guess) */

Thanks for help, Andrew.

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