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Re: A question about thread cancellation

Fu Limin wrote:


I have a question on thread cancellation, which is not specifically
relevant to pthread-win32, I hope you will not mind if I post it in this
mailling list.

In my program, there is a global mutex and a condition variable. And there
are several threads wait on this cond.var. under the protection of this
mutex. When I cancel one of the threads, I found there is a trouble in the
thread clean up. Because the mutex can be in either locked or unlocked
state. And if it is in locked state, I can't tell if it is locked by
another thread, or it gets the locked state from the cancellation point
pthread_cond_wait()! If it is locked by another thread, I should do
nothing on it, but if it gets the locked state by returning from
pthread_cond_wait() due to cancellation, I should unlock it in the clean

So the problem is, how can I know, in the clean up, when should I unlock
the mutex, and when not? Did any body have experienced similar problem?
Does anybody have any hints on this?

In my opinion it is EVIL (or at least bad programming) to cancel threads. It is better to architect your code so that you can request a thread to exit on it's own.

Phil Frisbie, Jr.
Hawk Software

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