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Is this required by the language
There's nothing in the language that precludes a 5.0005-style threading implementation. The difficulty was in retrospectively trying to make the existing implementation thread-safe, where it had never been designed for that possibility. This is one of the (many) reasons why it was concluded that a complete from-the-ground-up rewrite of the perl interpreter was required, i.e. perl6.

The main drawbacks of the ithreads model are: that cloning the existing interpreter when creating a new thread is slow; that it uses lots of memory, since the new interpreter doesn't make any use of the OS facilities that a fork() would, of sharing memory by default with copy-on-write pages; and that having shared variables is slow, clunky and is memory-heavy.


In reply to Re^3: what the history behind perl not having "real" threads by dave_the_m
in thread what the history behind perl not having "real" threads by perl-diddler

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