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Date: 2002-09-09 (14:15)
From: Xavier Leroy <xavier.leroy@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Inter-thread exceptions
> Nethertheless I think it's possible for network I/O, and even portable
> enough (should work under pthreads/windows threads). Roughly the idea is
> following:
> 0. Create a global "interrupt" socket.
> 1. Perform select() before  each blocking syscall, waiting for readability
> of "interrupt" socket or the necessary state of "main" socket.
> 3. If "main" socket was in the necessary state, do the syscall.
> 4. If "interrupt" socket is readable, determine interrupt to which thread
> is requested. If it's other thread, call sched_yield() for pthreads
> (nothing under Windows) and return to (1)

For one thing, not all blocking syscalls can be made non-blocking
using select().  (Think opening a FIFO, for instance.)  Moreover, not
all blocking syscalls are in C code that we control.  (Think
gethostbyname(): it will do network I/O to query the DNS, but in a way
that we don't control.)

- Xavier Leroy
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