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From: Anthony Williams (anthony_w.geo_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-11-02 04:05:38

"Phil Endecott" <spam_from_boost_dev_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Hi Anthony,
> Anthony Williams wrote:
>> "Phil Endecott" <spam_from_boost_dev_at_[hidden]> writes:
>>> Howard Hinnant wrote:
>>>> On Oct 30, 2007, at 2:03 PM, Phil Endecott wrote:
>>>>> Howard Hinnant wrote:
>>>>>> Actually thread cancellation is old. Many (not all) thread API's
>>>>>> have some form or another of cancellation. That being said, the
>>>>>> compromise reached at the Kona meeting 4 weeks ago was to remove
>>>>>> cancellation (or interruption) from the proposal. This removal is
>>>>>> reflected in N2411.
>>>>> That's unfortunate. I'm a little confused about how completely
>>>>> removing it is a "compromise"!
>>>>> This is something that I need. Does anyone know of an alternative
>>>>> (POSIX-compatible) C++ thread library that offers cancellation? If
>>>>> not I may try to write one.
> [answering your other mail first]
>> By "POSIX-compatible" do you mean "works with and uses pthread_cancel", or do
>> you mean something else? It's the interaction with pthread_cancel that caused
>> the biggest sticking point, as I understand things.
> Sorry, I was being inaccurate. What I should have said was that I'm
> writing Linux code, so I need a library that will work on Linux. Being
> implemented on top of the pthreads functions would be one solution.
> No, I don't need to mix C++ destructors and C pthread_cleanup. Of
> course a cross-platform solution would be essential for a standard
> library and very highly desirable for a Boost library, but I need a
> solution "real soon now"! Hence my enquiry about any other libraries
> that people might know about.

I added better cancellation to boost thread yesterday. condition
wait+timed_wait, thread join+timed_join, sleep and
this_thread::cancellation_point are now all cancellation points on pthreads
and windows. This uses a thread_cancelled exception, and does not interoperate
with pthread_cancel.

> Clearly there are various choices about how cancellation should behave,
> with various pros and cons, and many questions about the practicalities
> of implementation on different platforms. Certainly the standards
> committee have investigated these issues. I would very much like to
> have some insight into what they discovered during their
> investigations, leading them to their decision to not offer any sort of cancellation.

N2420 (
covers some of the relevant ground --- it's the minutes of the POSIX/C++
liaison committee.


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