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From: David Allan Finch (sarum_at_[hidden])
Date: 2000-08-04 10:56:36

scleary_at_[hidden] wrote:

> Everyone knows what a "mutex" is. However, the problem comes with the
> precise definition of a mutex. Is it recursive (i.e., can a thread lock it
> if it already owns it)? Is it statically-initializable (so it can be used
> in program startup/shutdown code)? These questions demonstrate the need for
> a hard definition even of the simplest of synchronization primitives.

Are the implications to saying 'Yes' to both these?

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