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From Jeff Trawick <traw...@attglobal.net>
Subject Re: cvs commit: apr/threadproc/unix thread.c
Date Thu, 02 Aug 2001 15:16:46 GMT
Aaron Bannert <aaron@ebuilt.com> writes:

> On Wed, Aug 01, 2001 at 05:21:52PM -0400, Jeff Trawick wrote:
> > Aaron Bannert <aaron@ebuilt.com> writes:
> > 
> > > How about instead of assuming APR_SUCCESS we just leave it undefined?
> > > This seems counter-intuitive, in that a worker function that prematurely
> > > returns (w/o calling apr_thread_exit()) was probably exiting under error.
> > 
> > What is an undefined apr_status_t?  An uninitialized apr_status_t?
> > How does the caller of apr_thread_join() know it is undefined or
> > defined?  "undefined" would have to be some APR error code.
> I see your point. How about APR_UNDEFINED or APR_NOSTATUS?

sounds reasonable to me

> > Why would a "return NULL" instead of apr_thread_exit() imply exiting
> > under error?  It depends upon the app.
> I agree that it depends on the app, and I don't necessarily think that
> return NULL implies an error, but intuitively it doesn't imply success.
> Aren't there compilers out there that will let you return from a non-void
> function w/o giving a return value? What would happen then?

It is an application bug regardless of the compiler (which will
probably complain).  I don't think this is a type of application bug
which should have any bearing on APR design :)

> It's actually a really bad thing to not use apr_thread_exit() to end a
> thread. That is the only way APR can destroy the thread's child-pool.
> Maybe the way to enforce this is to check if the thread was able
> to return directly, and then make sure it gets destroyed.

Instead of thinking of it as a really bad thing not to use
apr_thread_exit() I'd just say that we have missed some required logic
in dummy_worker().  Heck, perhaps dummy_worker() can call

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