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retain VALUE from C extension

Gaspard Bucher
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How do I tell ruby to increment it's garbage collector if I want to
keep hold of a VALUE in a C extension.


VALUE message;

static VALUE store_message(VALUE self, VALUE msg) {
// tell ruby to retain....
// rb_retain(msg) ?
message = msg;
return Qnil;

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Gaspard Bucher
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Yes, I think this is what I was looking for. As I understand, this
"declares" the address as needing "global marking" by adding it to
/* mark protected global variables */
for (list = global_List; list; list = list->next) {
> I'm not sure what you mean by 'increment' or 'retain', but
> rb_global_variable() may be the answer. See README.EXT.
> matz.

Effectivelly, "retain" (objective-C terminology) is not appropriate.
From what I understand the mark & sweep garbage collecting process is
quite different from the reference counting strategy I was familiar

Thanks for the information.


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