[osg-users] OpenThreads threading bug on creation/deletion (leads to crashes)

Robert Osfield robert.osfield at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 02:30:14 PDT 2007

Hi Adamn,

On 9/25/07, Robert Osfield <robert.osfield at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/24/07, Adam Coates <acoates at stanford.edu> wrote:
> > It looks like there's still a problem with the current setup.  The
> > Thread object itself can get deleted before the pthread actually gets
> > to the lock (which, I guess is what you just added).

I have modified osgunittests so it now has a function that tests the
creation, start and deletion of a thread, as per code example, you can
run it via:

  osgunittests thread

With the yesterdays code it worked fine on my system about 2/3rd of
the times that it was run, more if I didn't add the delay (this is now
a Thread::microSleep).  The tests I did yesterday were done without
the delay which is probably why I didn't see any crashes after my
first round of fixes yesterday.

Armed with a relatively reliable means for recreating the crash I've
now set about refactoring the OpenThreads::Thread code so that instead
of using a mutex in the start method and destructor it uses a
OpenThreads::Block in the Thread::start() method and static
StartThread() function such that the thread that calls the
thread->startThread() will be held back until the new thread has been
successfully started.  With this change I'm now able to run the
osgunittest thread test 1000 times without error (I use a repeat
script to do this).

I have also rolled these changes into Windows and IRIX spoc code
paths, revert the previous Mutex based code.

Could you check out the latest version in SVN and let me know if this
problem is now properly fixed.


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