Re: Async I/O on IRIX 6.x?

From: Alex Rousskov <>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 01:14:31 -0600 (MDT)

On Tue, 15 Sep 1998, Henrik Nordstrom wrote:

> A condition variable must always be associated with a
> mutex, to avoid the race condition where a thread prepares
> to wait on a condition variable and another thread signals
> the condition just before the first thread actually waits
> on it.

In addition to that (the caller side):

     A thread may call pthread_cond_signal() or pthread_cond_broadcast()
     without holding the mutex with which threads calling pthread_cond_wait()
     or pthread_cond_timedwait() have associated with the condition variable
     during their waits. However, predictable scheduling behavior is only
     guaranteed if the associated mutex is locked by a thread calling
     pthread_cond_signal() or pthread_cond_broadcast().

Again, nobody is saying that one cannot send/receive signals without locking
the condition variable first. One can. One can even get some benefits from
not following the recommended protocol. At a price.

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