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The garbage collector looks at a number of environment variables which are
the used to affect its operation.  These are examined only on Un*x-like
platforms.

GC_INITIAL_HEAP_SIZE=<bytes> -	Initial heap size in bytes.  May speed up
				process start-up.

GC_LOOP_ON_ABORT - Causes the collector abort routine to enter a tight loop.
		   This may make it easier to debug, such a process, especially
		   for multithreaded platforms that don't produce usable core
		   files, or if a core file would be too large.  On some
		   platforms, this also causes SIGSEGV to be caught and
		   result in an infinite loop in a handler, allowing
		   similar debugging techniques.

GC_PRINT_STATS - Turn on as much logging as is easily feasible without
		 adding signifcant runtime overhead.  Doesn't work if
		 the collector is built with SMALL_CONFIG.  Overridden
		 by setting GC_quiet.  On by default if the collector
		 was built without -DSILENT.

GC_PRINT_ADDRESS_MAP - Linux only.  Dump /proc/self/maps, i.e. various address
		       maps for the process, to stderr on every GC.  Useful for
		       mapping root addresses to source for deciphering leak
		       reports.

GC_NPROCS=<n> - Linux w/threads only.  Explicitly sets the number of processors
	        that the GC should expect to use.  Note that setting this to 1
		when multiple processors are available will preserve
		correctness, but may lead to really horrible performance.

GC_NO_BLACKLIST_WARNING - Prevents the collector from issuing
		"Needed to allocate blacklisted block at ..." warnings.

The following turn on runtime flags that are also program settable.  Checked
only during initialization.  We expect that they will usually be set through
other means, but this may help with debugging and testing:

GC_FIND_LEAK - Turns on GC_find_leak and thus leak detection.

GC_ALL_INTERIOR_POINTERS - Turns on GC_all_interior_pointers and thus interior
			   pointer recognition.

GC_DONT_GC - Turns off garbage collection.  Use cautiously.