[armedbear-devel] [Updated4] Patch for ABCL against BORDEAUX-THREADS HEAD

Mark Evenson evenson at panix.com
Fri Mar 18 08:12:34 UTC 2011

On 3/2/11 8:50 PM, Martin Simmons wrote:

> I think that the implementation of condition-wait has some major
> problems:

Thanks very much for the comments.

I have an [updated patch][1] that attempts to address these issues for
further review for inclusion in BORDEAUX-THREADS.


> 1) If no other threads are trying to claim the lock, then
> condition-wait will return immediately rather than waiting.

I couldn't reproduce this behavior.  In ABCL, the THREADS:OBJECT-WAIT
implementation is mainly a simple wrapping of the underlying
[java.lang.Object.wait()][2] which clearly should wait.


> 2) If two threads are waiting in condition-wait and two other threads
> call condition-notify, then it is possible that only one thread will
> return from condition-wait because the call to acquire-lock in one of
> them might return nil causing it to wait again.

The DO looping construct has been replaced with a simpler subsequent
BT:ACQUIRE-LOCK that should solve this bug.

> 3) If condition-notify is called by one thread when a waiting thread
> is just about to enter the threads:synchronized-on form (but before
> it gets synchronized), then the notify will be lost.  This happens
> because the underlying threading primitives have no "memory" of
> calls to notify when nothing it waiting (which is also the expected
> semantics for POSIX condition variables BTW).

THREADS:SYNCHRONIZED-ON is now the first form executed by
BT:CONDITION-WAIT so the window here is considerably narrowed.

> Also, I think condition-notify should be using threads:object-notify
> rather than threads:object-notify-all.


"A screaming comes across the sky.  It has happened before, but there
is nothing to compare to it now."

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