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Re^3: How can perl thread exit elegantly

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Apr 23, 2013 at 08:03 UTC ( #1030065=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: How can perl thread exit elegantly
in thread How can perl thread exit elegantly

Can we define signal of our own?

No. Signals and threading do not mix; and as you've found out, even the "threads signals" apparently intended for use with threads don't work for any reasonable definition of the term.

For example, With SAFE_SIGNALS in force, a signal, even a kill, will not interrupt a join. (That's the first problem with the code you posted in your new thread.)

And even if you worked your way around that; you'll end up having to poll in your threads and that's a nonsense.

Far simpler to set a shared variable true in your main thread signal handler and have your threads poll on that.

But simpler even than that is to just detach your threads -- either when you create them or when you receive the kill signal -- and then exit your main thread. The kids will then just go away silently without any polling or other special considerations, regardless of what they are doing at the time.


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