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From: Glenn Schrader (gschrad_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-12-16 14:10:07

Hello Ion,
Ion Gaztañaga wrote:
> Hi Glenn,
> Glenn Schrader wrote:
>> I ran across this bug while running on a 2.6.9 Linux kernel. Since that
>> kernel version doesn't have native interprocess mutexes and condition
>> variables the interprocess library uses some emulation code. The x86
>> verion of the emulated semaphore uses atomic_dec32() from atomic.hpp but
>> that function wasn't behaving properly. The following change in
>> oost/interprocess/detail/atomic.hpp made things work properly:
> Thanks for the change. However, I'm pretty sure that Linux has
> process-shared mutexes and condition variables. This might be a bug from
> the last version. Can you check against the CVS code?
Since interprocess isn't in the official tarball yet i've been working
with the head version from CVS. Whether or not emulation is used is
determined by the value in _POSIX_THREAD_PROCESS_SHARED. In a 2.6.17
kernel that I'm running on another system the value is 200112L so indeed
the native mutexes and condition variables are used. The system that I
was having a problem with has a 2.6.9 kernel and the
_POSIX_THREAD_PROCESS_SHARED value of -1; corresponding to "not supported".
> I will apply your patch ASAP to CVS. This really shows that atomic
> functions in hands of non expert people like me are really dangerous!
> Let's hope we can see soon an atomic operations library in Boost.
No problem and and thanks!


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