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From "Roy T. Fielding" <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] get threaded MPM to terminate
Date Mon, 30 Apr 2001 23:18:45 GMT
> > And why does each worker grab a mutex before checking the pipe of death?
> > All that a worker does is check to see if there is a character on the
> > pipe and, if so, it tells all of the workers to exit.  So why does it
> > matter if more than one worker gets inside that exclusion zone?  *shrug* 
> yet another good question.  I'll take a crack at it: 
> when the parent decides to shut down or restart, it writes one character
> per process on the PoD.  If multiple worker threads within a given
> process are allowed to each eat a character, some other process may not
> be woken up .  This stall only occurs under very light loads (e.g.
> developers running tests).  

Wouldn't the same result be achieved by simply closing the pipe for
writing? Then when the children attempt to read they get an EOF,
regardless of how many attempt the read.  This is assuming that the
parent opens a unique pipe of death per graceful restart, which
seems to be the case.


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