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From Rici Lake <>
Subject Re: [patch] perchild.c (Re: setjmp/longjmp vs try/throw/catch)
Date Tue, 20 Jul 2004 21:29:47 GMT

On 20-Jul-04, at 3:33 PM, Tsuyoshi SASAMOTO wrote:

> Please refer to this discussion about thread safety of setjmp/longjmp:
> threadm=9vg2ai$iie$1@engnews2.Eng.Sun.COM

The signal-to-noise ratio in that thread is very low :)

It is clear that setjmp/longjmp are *not* signal-safe; furthermore,  
signals interact badly with threads. It is certainly not ok to use  
longjmp in a signal handler, since there is no way of knowing which  
thread a signal handler might be running in. This does not make  
setjmp/longjmp thread unsafe (IMHO).

As Posix memorably states, using longjmp with a jump buffer from a  
different thread context is a "questionable practice ... not worthy of  


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