What is NSZombies?

 NSZombies is a runtime process that you can turn on with an environment variable, when it is on released objects are not returned to the heap, instead they are replaced with a “zombie” version of their class, for example _NSZombie_NSString.  These zombie classes implement receiveMessage to crash the application.

why crashing the application is useful? 

when it crashes, the object which called it will be in the stack trace — therefore you can quickly see where you are accessing a released object, without NSZombies the crash would happen in the next class which uses the same address, this could be quite distant from the spot where the bug really is.


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