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From: Christopher Currie (codemonkey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-06-30 12:50:47

Batov, Vladimir wrote:

> Getting back to Boost.Threads I'd still like to see a compelling example
> where I'd need to declare try_lock but twist its intuitive functionality
> into behaving like scoped_lock (that is blocking until locked).

In the need of extreme memory efficiency and speed: I already have, from
prior use, a scoped_try_lock 'l' around my mutex, currently unlocked. I
need to lock my mutex in a blocking fashion. I do not wish to pay the
memory and time cost to create an instance of scoped_lock just to do
this. I therefore call 'l.lock()' and not 'l.try_lock()'.

I don't know that it's compelling, but it is an example. I understand
your arguments for keeping the interface clean, but there are legitimate
reasons for wanting a blocking lock operation on a TryLock.

Constructor parameters are, admittedly, a different discussion, and most
of them boil down to syntactic sugar for a non-locking constructor and a
call to some locking operation, blocking or otherwise. But (IMO) it's a
useful syntactic sugar that *can* if used properly make programs less
cumbersome to construct without sacrificing correctness or clarity.

Christopher Currie <codemonkey_at_[hidden]>

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