wiki:Commentary/Rts/Storage/CAFs

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GHC Commentary: Garbage Collecting CAFs

Files: rts/sm/GC.c

Constant Applicative Forms, or CAFs for short, are top-level values defined in a program. To avoid memory leaks caused by CAFs we need to detect when all values/functions that could potentially refer to a CAF are gone, and so it is safe to deallocate the CAF.

To achieve this, during GC we maintain a linked list of static objects that are still live. Closure that might refer to CAFs contains a Satic Reference Table (SRT) which indicates what CAFs are still in use by this closure.