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Subject: Re: [boost] [threads] wait() and signal() ?
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-10-07 12:50:07

Roland Schwarz wrote:
> Gottlob Frege wrote:
> > If boost threads doesn't have a semaphore, we could add one.
> boost::thread doesn't have a semaphore for a purpose.
> boost::threads is modelled after the pthreads API, which does not
> need what you are seeking for. Perhaps you could look up a book
> on pthreads for an in depth explanation? For short in pthreads API the
> state and the notification are decoupled, which is a more general
> aproach.
> Of course you know it, but it is straight forward to get the
> equivalent of a semaphore with boost::threads.

Isn't it reasonable for a library to provide helpful, tested, reusable, and documented functionality?

I'm not arguing whether semaphores are an appropriate abstraction or whether their presence would encourage programming styles that should be discouraged. Those are separate questions. I'm merely arguing that eschewing a feature because it is fairly straightforward given the provided functionality is weak at best.

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer, Core Software using std::disclaimer;
Susquehanna International Group, LLP

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