Some little hopefully helpful D modules placed in the public domain.

Warning: the GC stuff worked in D 2.065 - 2.071. Won't work in 2.072 or later.


A tiny hack to install a GC proxy and track all allocations, gathering some stats and logging to given File (or stdout, by default).

Use it like this:

void myCode() {
  auto tracker = allocsTracker();
  ... // do some work
      // while `tracker` is alive all allocations will be shown

Alternatively use pair of functions startTrackingAllocs() and stopTrackingAllocs().


A tiny hack to redirect all GC allocations to a fixed size arena.

Say, you've got an operation that actively allocates in GC'ed heap but after it's complete you don't need anything it allocated. And you need to do it in a loop many times, potentially allocating lots of memory. Just add one line in the beginning of loop's scope and each iteration will reuse the same fixed size buffer. Like this:

foreach(fname; files) {
  auto ar = useCleanArena();     // (1)    
  auto img = readPng(fname).getAsTrueColorImage();
  // (2)

Between points (1) and (2) all GC allocations will happen inside an arena which will be reused on each iteration. No GC will happen, no garbage accumulated.

If you need some data created inbetween, you can temporarily pause using the arena and allocate something on main GC heap:

void testArena() {
    auto ar = useCleanArena();
    auto s = new ubyte[100]; // allocated in arena
        auto pause = pauseArena();  // in this scope it's not used
        auto t = new ubyte[200];    // allocated in main GC heap
    auto v = new ubyte[300];   // allocated in arena again
    // end of scope, stop using arena 

You can set size for arena by calling setArenaSize() before its first use. Default size is 64 MB.


Destructuring let assignment similar to those found in ML, Haskell etc. Works like this:

int x, y, z, age;
string name;

let (name, age) = getTuple();           // tuple
let (x,y,z) = argv[1..4].map!(to!int);  // lazy range
let (x,y,z) = [1,2,3];                  // array

SomeStruct s;
let (s.a, s.b) = tuple(3, "piggies");


auto getTuple() { return tuple("Bob", 42); }  // just an example

let (...) = ... requires equal number of elements on both sides of = for tuples (checked statically) and arrays (checked at runtime), and enough elements in an input range. If there are not enough elements it throws an Exception.

To use just available number of elements and keep some variables on the left unchanged, use

let (...)[] = ...

let (x,y,z)[] = argv[1..3].map!(to!int);  // lazy range
let (x,y,z)[] = [1,2];                    // array

To avoid separate type declarations and work with immutables, there is another function into:

int x = getTuple().into( (string name, int age) => age + name.length );

calcScore(prg).into((int score, bool ok) => writeln("score=", score, " ok=", ok));

It just feeds data from a tuple as arguments to a given function.