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From Nick Kew <n...@webthing.com>
Subject Re: Recursive mutex
Date Thu, 21 Jul 2005 14:20:42 GMT

On Wed, 20 Jul 2005, Henry Jen wrote:

> I need to have recursive(NESTED) mutex support in our project.
> Currently apr is relying on pthread lib to provide
> pthread_mutexattr_settype to provide recursive support, unfortunately,
> that does not seem to be in POSIX standard and is not available on the
> requested linux platform(see
> http://www.lynuxworks.com/products/posix/function-calls.php3).
> I plan to implement that in apr by extend current apr_thread_mutex_t to
> include a pthread_t and an integer for count, and modify the lock/unlock
> accordingly. So here are couple questions:
> 1. Is this a reasonable solution or I overlook something? Or maybe
> someone had done similar?

Looks reasonable to me at first glance.  Bear in mind that anything
APR exports should be cross-platform, so you'll want to implement it
in the platform-independent layer.  Unless I'm misunderstanding the
scope of what you propose.

> 2. How fast can this modification can be rolled into a formal apr
> release? It is going to be API compatible but not ABI(as the structure
> changed, only in the case of underlying pthread lib does not support
> recursive mutex, so should be OK)

That's likely to be a while: it'll need to get reviewed, agreed on,
and then used in a test version for a while, then await sufficient
general agreement for a release incorporating it.

Nick Kew

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