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25 
26 package java.lang.ref;
27 
28 
29 /**
30  * Weak reference objects, which do not prevent their referents from being
31  * made finalizable, finalized, and then reclaimed.  Weak references are most
32  * often used to implement canonicalizing mappings.
33  *
34  * <p> Suppose that the garbage collector determines at a certain point in time
35  * that an object is <a href="package-summary.html#reachability">weakly
36  * reachable</a>.  At that time it will atomically clear all weak references to
37  * that object and all weak references to any other weakly-reachable objects
38  * from which that object is reachable through a chain of strong and soft
39  * references.  At the same time it will declare all of the formerly
40  * weakly-reachable objects to be finalizable.  At the same time or at some
41  * later time it will enqueue those newly-cleared weak references that are
42  * registered with reference queues.
43  *
44  * @author   Mark Reinhold
45  * @since    1.2
46  */
47 
48 public class WeakReference<T> extends Reference<T> {
49 
50     /**
51      * Creates a new weak reference that refers to the given object.  The new
52      * reference is not registered with any queue.
53      *
54      * @param referent object the new weak reference will refer to
55      */
56     public WeakReference(T referent) {
57         super(referent);
58     }
59 
60     /**
61      * Creates a new weak reference that refers to the given object and is
62      * registered with the given queue.
63      *
64      * @param referent object the new weak reference will refer to
65      * @param q the queue with which the reference is to be registered,
66      *          or {@code null} if registration is not required
67      */
68     public WeakReference(T referent, ReferenceQueue<? super T> q) {
69         super(referent, q);
70     }
71 
72 }