how do i get instance count of an java object?

how do i get instance count of an object.
since i want to free memory. i can set an reference to null.
but if there are other references to the same object garbage collector
won't free the memory. i want to explicitly set all references to that
object to null. how do i do that?
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sharath_kulalAsked:
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vk33Commented:
afaik, it's the matter of specific JVM implementation. You can only manipulate stored links.
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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
you can't. best you can is (and all you really need to do) is make sure you set any references to null when they are no longer needed.
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jimmackCommented:
Besides that, in the circumstances you describe, an instance count wouldn't help.  Multiple references to a single object would not affect a count of instances.
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TimYatesCommented:
I think they meant reference count ;-)
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grim_toasterCommented:
If you're really concerned about memory, I would suggest getting hold of a memory profiler.  One that I would recommend is JProbe (you can download a trial version), but the only problem with it is that it is not a free product!

http://java.quest.com/jprobe/
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TimYatesCommented:
OptimizeIt is an ok profiler too :-)

You do need to do some investigation as to whether something is a leak, or normal behaviour, as with GC being non-deterministic, it can get a bit tricky ;-)

Memory profiling was so much easier with malloc, calloc, and free ;-)

http://www.borland.com/optimizeit/
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