libgc provides a garbage collector for C and C++ programs such that there is less chance of memory leaks in those programs.
The Boehm-Demers-Weiser conservative garbage collector can be used as a garbage collecting replacement for C malloc or C++ new. It allows you to allocate memory basically as you normally would, without explicitly deallocating memory that is no longer useful. The collector automatically recycles memory when it determines that it can no longer be otherwise accessed. A simple example of such a use is given here.
The collector is also used by a number of programming language implementations that either use C as intermediate code, want to facilitate easier interoperation with C libraries, or just prefer the simple collector interface. For a more detailed description of the interface, see here.
Alternatively, the garbage collector may be used as a leak detector for C or C++ programs, though that is not its primary goal.
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“libgc” source package in Trusty
Version 1:7.2d-5ubuntu2 uploaded on 2013-12-08
“libgc” source package in Saucy
Version 1:7.2d-5ubuntu1 uploaded on 2013-07-17
“libgc” source package in Raring
Version 1:7.2d-0ubuntu5 uploaded on 2013-02-27
“libgc” source package in Quantal
Version 1:7.1-9 uploaded on 2012-07-11
“libgc” source package in Precise
Version 1:7.1-8ubuntu0.12.04.1 uploaded on 2012-08-01