Boris Boris - 3 months ago 11x
iOS Question

When does iOS check its reference count table to remove obj with zero retain count

I read that (from a book written by Kazuki Sakamoto and Tomohiko Furumoto) on runtime iOS maintains a

with object's address as key and that object's retain count as value.

Like below:

key(object's addr) value(reference count)

0x7fff59a7ba88 2

0x7fa84b4b2c10 0

And iOS runtime would check the table once a while to see if any key with value equals zero, meaning some objects should be released, then iOS would remove that key-value pair from table and call
to release the object's memory.

If this theory is correct, then my question is that at what time, with what frequency system would check the
reference count hashtable
? Each
? Or iOS wouldn't check the table at all but only it's automatically done?


I just corrected my description which should have nothing to do with ARC or MRC, it's more about reference counting on runtime.


That sort of behaviour sounds more like garbage collection, and isn't exactly how ARC works.

ARC's behaviour is completely deterministic: it tracks the number of strong references to an object, and once that count hits 0, the object is immediately deallocated. You can read about the implementation details here.