[erlang-questions] simple question about list memory consumption
Fri Jul 6 16:09:12 CEST 2012
At Fri, 06 Jul 2012 16:02:07 +0200,
Richard Carlsson wrote:
> Because all data is tagged.
> Simple - there's a difference between "tagged" and "boxed". Boxed means
> the first word is a pointer (also tagged) to a location on the heap
> where the real data is stored. An "immediate" like an integer is just
> that first word, with a couple of bits used as tags.
I know that, the thing I was pointing out is that we need some additional space
to accommodate the tag as well, while people in this thread were accounting for
What I did not realise is that
> The two least significant bits are used for tagging as they are always 0 for a
> pointer to word aligned data.
Which makes it possible to include the tag in the word.
Francesco * Often in error, never in doubt
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