[Yazlist] Threads versus Proceses

Adam Dickmeiss adam at indexdata.dk
Sat Oct 6 10:25:01 CEST 2001


YAZ as of 6 October detects POSIX threads on OpenBSD (2.8 tested).

-- Adam

On Sat, Oct 06, 2001 at 02:35:35AM -0300, Rondon Andrade wrote:
> Hi Adam!
> 
> Thank you very much for this update. I'm gonna install it and see how it
> works. About the Unix system, I'm using OpenBSD 2.9.
> 
> Soon, I'll give you my feedback. ok.
> 
> Thanks again.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Rondon.
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Adam Dickmeiss <adam at indexdata.dk>
> To: Rondon Andrade <rondon.andrade at uol.com.br>
> Cc: Jason MacDonald <jasonm at compusult.nf.ca>; <yazlist at indexdata.dk>
> Sent: Friday, October 05, 2001 1:05 PM
> Subject: Re: [Yazlist] Threads versus Proceses
> 
> 
> > Rondon,
> >
> > I've uploaded a version of YAZ that supports both POSIX threads and GNU
> > threads. To enable GNU threads, AKA pth, use the following configure:
> >
> >   ./configure --enable-pth <other options>
> >
> > Note that --enable-threads enables POSIX threads - not GNU threads
> > (perhaps that option should be renamed to --enable-pthreads). I added a
> > new option so that YAZ programmers can select which threads to use for
> > systems that supports both.
> >
> > GNU threads were a little bit tricker to support than I thought initially.
> > This is due to the fact that GNU threads are non-preemptive which means
> > that it is up to the application to force a thread switch (like WIN16).
> > For networked I/O that works, but it means that the applications on every
> > blocking call should use a special form of call (say read or write)
> instead
> > the one provided by the C library. The only place where the YAZ frontend
> > server blocks is when it calls select(2), since all calls to read / write
> > are non-blocking. So when I called the GNU thread wrapper of select
> > (pth_select) it worked.
> >
> > This doesn't mean that your application works as well as you thought it
> > would. In particular if your backend thread is not prepared to let other
> > threads get CPU time, it means that the whole YAZ server will block as
> long
> > as your backend is busy.. In short, it operates as it would in static mode
> > (option -S for the YAZ server). Read the man page for GNU threads
> > carefully - man pth on my GNU Debian system.
> >
> > BTW: what UNIX system are you using? Most systems these days support
> > POSIX threads.
> >
> > We haven't updated Zebra to support this yet.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >   Adam
> >
> > On Wed, Oct 03, 2001 at 06:42:51PM -0300, Rondon Andrade wrote:
> > > Thank you!! Adam.
> > >
> > > We're gonna be waiting for your feedback ok.
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance.
> > >
> > > Rondon.
> > >
> > > Ps.: As I'm using also Zebra, would it be incorporated inside the
> package?
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Adam Dickmeiss" <adam at indexdata.dk>
> > > To: "Jason MacDonald" <jasonm at compusult.nf.ca>
> > > Cc: "Rondon Andrade" <rondon.andrade at uol.com.br>; <yazlist at indexdata.dk>
> > > Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2001 2:14 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [Yazlist] Threads versus Proceses
> > >
> > >
> > > > On Wed, Oct 03, 2001 at 10:39:13AM -0230, Jason MacDonald wrote:
> > > > > Hi,
> > > > >     I have downloaded and compiled the pthreads library from GNU as
> you
> > > > > mentioned and then I linked the library (libpth.a) into my program
> but I
> > > > > still get the same message "Threaded mode not available". I compiled
> YAZ
> > > > > using ./configure --enable-threads
> > > >
> > > > YAZ supports POSIX - not GNU threads. Some systems may support both
> GNU
> > > > threads and POSIX threads, however. We'll be happy to add support for
> > > > GNU threads. I expect it to be easy to make - especially when reading
> > > > this on http://www.gnu.org/software/pth/ :
> >
> > [snip]
> >
> > --
> > Adam Dickmeiss  mailto:adam at indexdata.dk  http://www.indexdata.dk
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> >
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