From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-03-23 12:41:51
Yuval Ronen wrote:
> Peter Dimov wrote:
>> That was the exact purpose of the pthreads standard. Now people on
>> POSIX-compliant OSes don't care about the underlying OS APIs (which
>> in general have little to do with pthreads) because the vendor ships
>> a pthread layer.
> Maybe it was the purpose of the POSIX standard, but it was never
> accepted by the C or C++ standard committees.
If the committees only accepted things that were already accepted, they
would never accept anything, right? ;-)
> Of course we want Microsoft to offer this threading model to C
> programmers, but it's the job of the C standard committee to define the
> exact syntax. This standard C syntax might as well be the exact POSIX
> syntax, no problem by me. But it doesn't really matter one way or the
> other, as long as the C syntax accepted is a good one.
Doesn't this answer your original question, which was "why do we want
Microsoft to ship a pthread layer"? They would have to, either way. The only
question left is whether we want two incompatible C APIs to the same
underlying model, only one of which works on Windows, or just one. It seems
to me that it is in our best interest to want the latter.
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