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From: John Torjo (john.groups_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-02-07 07:44:19

Jos Hickson wrote:
> On 07/02/2008, Clark Sims <clark_sims_boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> I would like it to deadlock on windows, because I just wrote a large header file, which assumes that a deadlock will occur. In fact, I don't know how I am going to program mutex's and locks, if they act like recursive locks on windows, but scoped locks on linux.
> We've noticed this variation behaviour in the past when using
> boost::mutex. Under the hood on Windows it uses a critical section
> which I believe is recursive. Not sure if the rewritten version of
> Boost.Threads will do the same.
Yes, critical sections are recursive.
I looked a bit at this:
Did not look into too much detail, *but*
you can definitely make it work even in the presence of recursive mutexes.

> Sorry, but all I can do is confirm the behaviour. I believe the
> Boost.Threads concept documentation for mutex and scoped_lock say that
> attempting a recursive lock gives "undefined behaviour" rather than
> definitely deadlocking.
> Regards,
> Jos
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