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From Aaron Bannert <>
Subject Re: Terminiting threads in a process RE: [PATCH] Problems with MPM threaded
Date Sat, 14 Jul 2001 19:49:51 GMT
On Sat, Jul 14, 2001 at 12:27:05PM -0700, Justin Erenkrantz wrote:
> And, you can't kick the thread out of the mutex acquire (pthread_cancel 
> or similar strategies don't cancel a mutex operation), so you are
> screwed.  And, destroying its parent pool does *NOT* destroy the 
> thread.  Look at the code again.  The only person that can call
> pthread_exit() is the actual thread itself.  You can't call 
> pthread_exit on behalf of another thread (i.e. from the thread that
> knows it is doomed or a cleanup thread).  It just doesn't work like 
> that.

Here's what my box's pthread_cancel man page says:

       Cancellation points are those points in the program execu­
       tion where a test for  pending  cancellation  requests  is
       performed  and  cancellation  is executed if positive. The
       following POSIX threads functions are cancellation points:


Doesn't pthread_mutex_acquire sit in sem_wait() or sigwait()? That'll
let it be cancel()ed.

Anyway, yes the pool cleanup routines that are supposed to be calling
apr_thread_exit() are broken because nothing in httpd is calling
apr_thread_exit() (AFA-my-grep-says). So let's either let the thread
creator (aka httpd) do the cleanup registration, or put it in apr
(as an optional feature).


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