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Accessing one perl sub by multiple threads..

by Anonymous Monk
on Dec 07, 2000 at 16:39 UTC ( #45489=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Anonymous Monk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi, I've a doubt on accesssing one perl subroutine by multiple threads. Let us say two threads (using perlcall APIs) access a perl sub named X. First thread invoked X. while processing, First thread is preempted and the Second thread starts executing and accessing the same sub X. My question is, if the First thread continue execution from where it was preempted by the Second thread?. Is perl subroutine thread safe. We are getting some strange results. If you have answers for the same please let us know. Please contact me at Thanks, Poornachandran SM.
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(tye)Re: Accessing one perl sub by multiple threads..
by tye (Sage) on Dec 07, 2000 at 22:52 UTC

    Perl isn't thread safe. You'll need to do one of the following:

    • Use some sort of mutex to prevent simultaneous access to the Perl interpreter, making a "critical section" that only one thread can use at a time. I believe someone has already built this so you might be able to find it.
    • Create (a pool of) separate Perl interpreters for each thread that needs to call a Perl subroutines. This won't work for you if the subroutines need to act on shared data. Note that you can use the same Perl interpreter in different threads so long as the Perl interpreter is not built with threading support and only one thread uses that interpreter at a time.
    • Try embedding a Perl interpreter built with one of the several experimental methods for supporting multiple thread per interpreter and access the interpreter as required by that method. This will cause the interpreter to use mutexes to make critical sections around smaller chunks of code. But none of these work 100% reliably so you'll have to deal with that.
    There might be some other methods, but the above should give you a feel for what is required.

    Please contact me at

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            - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
Re: Accessing one perl sub by multiple threads..
by AgentM (Curate) on Dec 07, 2000 at 23:34 UTC

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