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/* yarn.h -- generic interface for thread operations
* Copyright (C) 2008, 2011 Mark Adler
* Version 1.3 13 Jan 2012 Mark Adler
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Mark Adler
/* Basic thread operations
This interface isolates the local operating system implementation of threads
from the application in order to facilitate platform independent use of
threads. All of the implementation details are deliberately hidden.
Assuming adequate system resources and proper use, none of these functions
can fail. As a result, any errors encountered will cause an exit() to be
These functions allow the simple launching and joining of threads, and the
locking of objects and synchronization of changes of objects. The latter is
implemented with a single lock type that contains an integer value. The
value can be ignored for simple exclusive access to an object, or the value
can be used to signal and wait for changes to an object.
-- Arguments --
thread *thread; identifier for launched thread, used by join
void probe(void *); pointer to function "probe", run when thread starts
void *payload; single argument passed to the probe function
lock *lock; a lock with a value -- used for exclusive access to
an object and to synchronize threads waiting for
changes to an object
long val; value to set lock, increment lock, or wait for
int n; number of threads joined
-- Thread functions --
thread = launch(probe, payload) - launch a thread -- exit via probe() return
join(thread) - join a thread and by joining end it, waiting for the thread
to exit if it hasn't already -- will free the resources allocated by
launch() (don't try to join the same thread more than once)
n = join_all() - join all threads launched by launch() that are not joined
yet and free the resources allocated by the launches, usually to clean
up when the thread processing is done -- join_all() returns an int with
the count of the number of threads joined (join_all() should only be
called from the main thread, and should only be called after any calls
of join() have completed)
destruct(thread) - terminate the thread in mid-execution and join it
(depending on the implementation, the termination may not be immediate,
but may wait for the thread to execute certain thread or file i/o
-- Lock functions --
lock = new_lock(val) - create a new lock with initial value val (lock is
created in the released state)
possess(lock) - acquire exclusive possession of a lock, waiting if necessary
twist(lock, [TO | BY], val) - set lock to or increment lock by val, signal
all threads waiting on this lock and then release the lock -- must
possess the lock before calling (twist releases, so don't do a
release() after a twist() on the same lock)
wait_for(lock, [TO_BE | NOT_TO_BE | TO_BE_MORE_THAN | TO_BE_LESS_THAN], val)
- wait on lock value to be, not to be, be greater than, or be less than
val -- must possess the lock before calling, will possess the lock on
return but the lock is released while waiting to permit other threads
to use twist() to change the value and signal the change (so make sure
that the object is in a usable state when waiting)
release(lock) - release a possessed lock (do not try to release a lock that
the current thread does not possess)
val = peek_lock(lock) - return the value of the lock (assumes that lock is
already possessed, no possess or release is done by peek_lock())
free_lock(lock) - free the resources allocated by new_lock() (application
must assure that the lock is released before calling free_lock())
-- Memory allocation ---
yarn_mem(better_malloc, better_free) - set the memory allocation and free
routines for use by the yarn routines where the supplied routines have
the same interface and operation as malloc() and free(), and may be
provided in order to supply thread-safe memory allocation routines or
for any other reason -- by default malloc() and free() will be used
-- Error control --
yarn_prefix - a char pointer to a string that will be the prefix for any
error messages that these routines generate before exiting -- if not
changed by the application, "yarn" will be used
yarn_abort - an external function that will be executed when there is an
internal yarn error, due to out of memory or misuse -- this function
may exit to abort the application, or if it returns, the yarn error
handler will exit (set to NULL by default for no action)
extern char *yarn_prefix;
extern void (*yarn_abort)(int);
void yarn_mem(void *(*)(size_t), void (*)(void *));
typedef struct thread_s thread;
thread *launch(void (*)(void *), void *);
void join(thread *);
int join_all(void);
void destruct(thread *);
typedef struct lock_s lock;
lock *new_lock(long);
void possess(lock *);
void release(lock *);
enum twist_op { TO, BY };
void twist(lock *, enum twist_op, long);
enum wait_op {
TO_BE, /* or */ NOT_TO_BE, /* that is the question */
void wait_for(lock *, enum wait_op, long);
long peek_lock(lock *);
void free_lock(lock *);