Implementation of bool object.Equals(object obj) RRS feed

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  • Can anyone tell me where in the source code of the .NET runtime I can find the actual implementation of the Equals method of the Object class? Everywhere I have looked shows it calling into some function that I can't actually find the code for (one version of Object.Equals I found calls bool RuntimeHelpers.Equals(object o1, object o2) but then I was unable to find the code that actually implements that function)

    Sunday, June 28, 2020 3:09 PM


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  • Hi jonwil,

    Thank you for posting here.

    For the equals method in RuntimeHelpers.Equals(object o1, object o2):

            [System.Security.SecuritySafeCritical]  // auto-generated
            public new static extern bool Equals(Object o1, Object o2);

    The method is part of the type and is declared with the extern C# keyword to indicate that the method is implemented in some external component implemented in native code(C++), and with the value MethodImplOptions.InternalCall, the method is implemented within the CLR, which is part of the implementation of the Virtual Execution System.

    Reference you may need:

    Object Equals - whats the basic logic for pure objects or reference types that don't override Equals?

    Best Regards,

    Xingyu Zhao

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    Monday, June 29, 2020 2:14 AM
  • For .NET 5, see ecalllist.h and objectnative.cpp. The "loader trick to replace Equals with EqualsValue for value types" seems to have been disabled in classcompat.cpp and methodtablebuilder.cpp.
    • Marked as answer by jonwil Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:51 AM
    Monday, June 29, 2020 2:21 PM
  • Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted (and couldn't find myself).

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:53 AM