Hi David and Chad,

I'm not sure if they are ever GC'ed.

    Only when the *class* is GC'ed.  This can happen, but there are obscure
rules that vary with the JVM.

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Gibbs" <david@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Java Programming on and around the iSeries / AS400"
Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 11:41 AM
Subject: Re: Life of static variables within the VM

cornelius, chad wrote:
I have a question regarding the life of static variables within the VM.
I always thought that if you instantiated an object that contained
static variables, garbage collection would cleanup the object along with
the static variables.

Static variables are tied to the class, not the object.

I'm not sure if they are ever GC'ed.

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