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Control the garbage collector and query it for information. As of WoW 2.0, this is the same as the standard collectgarbage() in Lua, but prior to that it was quite different.

collectgarbage([opt [, arg]])

Parameters Edit

Arguments Edit

([opt [, arg]])
opt
String - This function is a generic interface to the garbage collector. It performs different functions according to its first argument:
  • "stop": stops the garbage collector.
   * "restart": restarts the garbage collector.
   * "collect": performs a full garbage-collection cycle. This is the default action if opt is not specified.
   * "count": returns the total memory in use by Lua (in Kbytes).
   * "step": performs a garbage-collection step. The step "size" is controlled by arg (larger values mean more steps) in a non-specified way. If you want to control the step size you must experimentally tune the value of arg. Returns true if the step finished a collection cycle.
   * "setpause": sets arg/100 as the new value for the pause of the collector (see §2.10).
   * "setstepmul": sets arg/100 as the new value for the step multiplier of the collector (see §2.10).

Example Edit

collectgarbage("collect") -- Force garbage collection
collectgarbage("count") -- return kilobytes of memory in use, i.e. 2048 for 2 megabytes


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