10.11.3 Preventing garbage collection for SCM member variables

In certain cases, an engraver might need to ensure private Scheme variables (with type SCM) do not get swept away by Guile’s garbage collector: for example, a cache of the previous key signature which must persist between timesteps. The method virtual derived_mark () const can be used in such cases:

Engraver_name::derived_mark ()
  scm_gc_mark (private_scm_member_)

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