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From Rasmus Lerdorf <>
Subject Re: Thread safety issues
Date Tue, 10 Sep 2002 16:39:01 GMT
Contributions are more than welcome.

On Tue, 10 Sep 2002, Cyrille Artho wrote:

> Hi,
> as someone who works on multi-threaded problems, but not Apache, I ran
> into your page at
> I strongly suggest to revise it, because it lacks depth. First of all,
> you probably should start explaining the basic problem in case a
> developer has never used threads: what is a race condition (and what is
> a deadlock), why is it hard to test (because it is scheduling-dependent,
> the scheduling cannot be controlled).
> What can be done about it (manual analysis, VisualThreads under Alpha).
> Basically the programmer has to ensure that each access to shared data
> is protected by at least one common lock (the word "common" is important).
> When to use apr_atomic_* and apr_thread_mutex_*. How to use them.
> Perhaps make a small shell script that parses the ldd output and
> compares each line to a "database" of libraries in it, printing
> problematic libraries.
> Maybe you can cover some of these issues by linking to other pages. It
> is important that they are well documented, otherwise people will never
> dare using 2.0 or writing modules for it.
> I personally hope 2.0 will be adapted fast, but I know such things take
> time. Good luck, and keep up the good work!
> --
> Regards,
> Cyrille Artho

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