How to identify the GC Finalizer thread?

I have a .NET (C#) multi-threaded application and I want to know if a certain method runs inside the Finalizer thread.

I've tried using Thread.CurrentThread.Name but it doesn't work (returns null).

Anyone knows how can I query the current thread to discover if it's the Finalizer thread?

Answers


The best way to identify a thread is through its managed id:

Thread.CurrentThread.ManagedThreadId;

Since a finalizer always runs in the GC's thread you can create a finalizer that will save the thread id (or the thread object) in a static valiable.

Sample:

public class ThreadTest {
    public static Thread GCThread;

    ~ThreadTest() {
        ThreadTest.GCThread = Thread.CurrentThread;
    }
}

in your code just create an instance of this class and do a garbage collection:

public static void Main() {
    ThreadTest test = new ThreadTest();
    test = null;
    GC.Collect();
    GC.WaitForPendingFinalizers();

    Console.WriteLine(ThreadTest.GCThread.ManagedThreadID);
}

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