GC.MaxGeneration Property

Gets the maximum number of generations the system currently supports.

Namespace: System
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static int MaxGeneration { get; }
/** @property */
public static int get_MaxGeneration ()

public static function get MaxGeneration () : int

Property Value

A value ranging from zero to the maximum number of supported generations.

The generation number, or age, of an object is an implementation-defined relative measure of an object's lifespan. The most recently created objects are in generation zero and the oldest objects are in a generation less than or equal to the generation returned by the MaxGeneration property.

The garbage collector assumes that newer memory is more likely to be eligible for garbage collection than older memory. Therefore, the garbage collector improves its performance by adjusting generation numbers each time it reclaims memory, and the MaxGeneration property value can grow over time.

If object aging is implemented, the MaxGeneration property returns the maximum generation number used by the system; otherwise, this property returns zero.

Notes to Implementers For this implementation, the value returned by the MaxGeneration property is guaranteed to remain constant for the lifetime of an executing application. Use the MaxGeneration property to determine the maximum value you can specify when calling the Collect method that takes a generation parameter.

using System;

namespace GCCollectIntExample
{
    class MyGCCollectClass
    {
        private const long maxGarbage = 1000;
      
        static void Main()
        {
            MyGCCollectClass myGCCol = new MyGCCollectClass();

            // Determine the maximum number of generations the system
	    // garbage collector currently supports.
            Console.WriteLine("The highest generation is {0}", GC.MaxGeneration);
            
            myGCCol.MakeSomeGarbage();

            // Determine which generation myGCCol object is stored in.
            Console.WriteLine("Generation: {0}", GC.GetGeneration(myGCCol));
            
            // Determine the best available approximation of the number 
	    // of bytes currently allocated in managed memory.
            Console.WriteLine("Total Memory: {0}", GC.GetTotalMemory(false));
            
            // Perform a collection of generation 0 only.
            GC.Collect(0);
            
            // Determine which generation myGCCol object is stored in.
            Console.WriteLine("Generation: {0}", GC.GetGeneration(myGCCol));
            
            Console.WriteLine("Total Memory: {0}", GC.GetTotalMemory(false));
            
            // Perform a collection of all generations up to and including 2.
            GC.Collect(2);
            
            // Determine which generation myGCCol object is stored in.
            Console.WriteLine("Generation: {0}", GC.GetGeneration(myGCCol));
            Console.WriteLine("Total Memory: {0}", GC.GetTotalMemory(false));
            Console.Read();
        }

        void MakeSomeGarbage()
        {
            Version vt;

            for(int i = 0; i < maxGarbage; i++)
            {
                // Create objects and release them to fill up memory
		// with unused objects.
                vt = new Version();
            }
        }
    }
}

package GCCollectIntExample; 

import System.* ;

class MyGCCollectClass
{
    private static final long maxGarbage = 1000;

    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        MyGCCollectClass myGCCol = new MyGCCollectClass();

        // Determine the maximum number of generations the system
        // garbage collector currently supports.
        Console.WriteLine("The highest generation is {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(GC.get_MaxGeneration()));
        myGCCol.MakeSomeGarbage();

        // Determine which generation myGCCol object is stored in.
        Console.WriteLine("Generation: {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(GC.GetGeneration(myGCCol)));

        // Determine the best available approximation of the number 
        // of bytes currently allocated in managed memory.
        Console.WriteLine("Total Memory: {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(GC.GetTotalMemory(false)));

        // Perform a collection of generation 0 only.
        GC.Collect(0);

        // Determine which generation myGCCol object is stored in.
        Console.WriteLine("Generation: {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(GC.GetGeneration(myGCCol)));
        Console.WriteLine("Total Memory: {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(GC.GetTotalMemory(false)));

        // Perform a collection of all generations up to and including 2.
        GC.Collect(2);

        // Determine which generation myGCCol object is stored in.
        Console.WriteLine("Generation: {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(GC.GetGeneration(myGCCol)));
        Console.WriteLine("Total Memory: {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(GC.GetTotalMemory(false)));
        Console.Read();
    } //main

    void MakeSomeGarbage()
    {
        Version vt;

        for (int i = 0; i < maxGarbage; i++) {
            // Create objects and release them to fill up memory
            // with unused objects.
            vt = new Version();
        }
    } //MakeSomeGarbage
} //MyGCCollectClass

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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