Subject: Re: Threading problems
To: Daniel Carosone <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg Troxel <email@example.com>
Date: 03/23/2005 10:34:34
This problem arose with guile, too. guile can dlopen random shlibs
under control of user Scheme code. guile used to not be linked
threaded, but then when gtk got linked in (see devel/guile-gtk) it
would make libc calls that would assert.
I can see several possible approaches:
as you hint, add a rule that every program in pkgsrc that can
possibly dlopen anything be linked with pthreads.
give up on the notion of non-threaded programs, leaving instead
programs that have not created more threads. Use the mutexes all
adjust libc etc. so that a program can transition from non-threaded
to threaded, and change the isthreaded variable, so that mutexes will
start being used. If this happens in the first thread during
pthread_create it should be possible to mak it safe from a
synchronization viewpoint. I know I don't understand the weak
symbols/libpthread shadows libc issues, so maybe this can't work.
Greg Troxel <firstname.lastname@example.org>