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 25 
 26 package java.lang.ref;
 27 
 28 import jdk.internal.vm.annotation.IntrinsicCandidate;
 29 
 30 /**
 31  * Phantom reference objects, which are enqueued after the collector
 32  * determines that their referents may otherwise be reclaimed.  Phantom
 33  * references are most often used to schedule post-mortem cleanup actions.
 34  * <p>
 35  * The referent must not be an instance of a {@linkplain Class#isValue()
 36  * value class}; such a value can never have another reference to it
 37  * and cannot be held in a reference type.
 38  *
 39  * <p> Suppose the garbage collector determines at a certain point in time
 40  * that an object is <a href="package-summary.html#reachability">
 41  * phantom reachable</a>.  At that time it will atomically clear
 42  * all phantom references to that object and all phantom references to
 43  * any other phantom-reachable objects from which that object is reachable.
 44  * At the same time or at some later time it will enqueue those newly-cleared
 45  * phantom references that are registered with reference queues.
 46  *
 47  * <p> In order to ensure that a reclaimable object remains so, the referent of
 48  * a phantom reference may not be retrieved: The {@code get} method of a
 49  * phantom reference always returns {@code null}.
 50  * The {@link #refersTo(Object) refersTo} method can be used to test
 51  * whether some object is the referent of a phantom reference.
 52  *
 53  * @author   Mark Reinhold
 54  * @since    1.2
 55  */
 56 
 57 public non-sealed class PhantomReference<T> extends Reference<T> {
 58 
 59     /**
 60      * Returns this reference object's referent.  Because the referent of a
 61      * phantom reference is always inaccessible, this method always returns
 62      * {@code null}.
 63      *
 64      * @return {@code null}
 65      */
 66     public T get() {
 67         return null;
 68     }
 69 
 70     /* Override the implementation of Reference.refersTo.
 71      * Phantom references are weaker than finalization, so the referent
 72      * access needs to be handled differently for garbage collectors that
 73      * do reference processing concurrently.
 74      */
 75     @Override
 76     boolean refersToImpl(T obj) {
 77         return refersTo0(obj);
 78     }
 79 
 80     @IntrinsicCandidate
 81     private native boolean refersTo0(Object o);
 82 
 83     /**
 84      * Creates a new phantom reference that refers to the given object and
 85      * is registered with the given queue.
 86      *
 87      * <p> It is possible to create a phantom reference with a {@code null}
 88      * queue.  Such a reference will never be enqueued.
 89      *
 90      * @param referent the object the new phantom reference will refer to
 91      * @param q the queue with which the reference is to be registered,
 92      *          or {@code null} if registration is not required
 93      * @throws IllegalArgumentException if the referent is an instance of an
 94      *         {@link Class#isValue() value class}
 95      */
 96     public PhantomReference(T referent, ReferenceQueue<? super T> q) {
 97         super(referent, q);
 98     }
 99 
100 }