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expunging objects from dynamic windows

    Date: Fri, 22 Jan 88 11:03 EST
    From: Jeffrey Mark Siskind <Qobi@ZERMATT.LCS.MIT.EDU>

    I really like the dynamic windows of Genera 7.0, except
    there is at least one thing one has to be aware of. The
    dynamic lisp listener provides two *separable* (at least
    conceptually) feature: scrolling, ... and mouse sensitivity
    for things like Mouse-M (describe ...). The thing one has
    to be weary of is that if you print out an object like
    #<FOO 777777777> that object can't get garbage collected.
    If your objects are highly intertwined then if you even
    print out *one* temporary object, say while debugging,
    that has a handle on all the other temporary objects
    which you have created, then you lose because nothing
    will be GCed. Now you can of course do a :Clear Output History
    but that has two problems. First, you lose scrolling
    along with mouse sensitivity. Second, if you forget to
    do a :Clear Output History, or if you are running a long
    program that is dumping a lot of trace output you lose
    because if the EGC flips enough times before you get
    a chance to do a :Clear Output History the object move
    high enough in the Ephemeral levels to never be collected.

    There are four solutions which I suggest that Symbolics
    implement, each being an improvement on the previous one.

    First, provide a command which can clear the objects
    associate with a window without clearing the scrolling
    history. This means changing all object references to
    presentation string references in the window history.

This and more is done in 7.2, via the :Cleanup option to the :Start GC

    Second, provide a command which will clear the
    scrolling and/or object history of window except
    for the last N pages.

In 7.2, there are options to the :Clear Output History command which do
that and more.

    Third, provide a switch setting which I can set to
    ask that objects never be associated with a window,
    just their presentation strings. I can set such a
    switch when I know that I am doing debugging tracing
    output and want scrolling history but can forgo
    mouse sensitivity. 

(dw:with-output-as-presentation (:allow-sensitive-inferiors nil)

		       Ideally, I could set this to
    automatically preserve only the last N pages
    of object history and only the last M pages of
    scrolling history where M>=N.

    Fourth, provide a switch setting where the EGC was
    smart enough to automatically purge object references
    more than N pages back just before it did a flip.
    This way I could get the best of all worlds until
    a flip came.

I don't believe that EGC should be destructive behind your back.
Certainly slowing it down by making it loop over every window ever
created would  unacceptable to most people.

Anyway, it's fairly simple to implement such a thing in 7.2, if you
really wanted to.  Just put the form which does the work onto

It would be nice if you were running 7.1.  Anyway, thanks for the 

    Anybody feel like hacking this?