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From: Alex Baretta <alex@b...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Mutex and posix
Luca Pascali wrote:
> Just a little question, my curiosity about the thread module.
> 
> I found in Posix (this is from 'info libc' page on section Mutexes) 
> these three functions
> 
> Function: int pthread_mutex_lock (pthread_mutex_t *mutex))
> Function: int pthread_mutex_trylock (pthread_mutex_t *MUTEX)
> Function: int pthread_mutex_timedlock (pthread_mutex_t *MUTEX, const 
> struct timespec *ABSTIME)

You can probably simulate the third one fairly well by resorting to 
Unix.select as a timer, but why in the world would you want to lock for 
a while and then forget about it?

Besides --- given Machiavelli works in an asynchronous, event-modeled 
world --- why would want to use synchronous primitives such as timedlock?

Alex


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