[zeromq-dev] "thread safe" sockets and ZMQ_FD

Thomas Rodgers rodgert at twrodgers.com
Sat Feb 21 17:45:59 CET 2015

Which all brings us to my next question -

Can we just move on to -std=c++11 for future libzmq versions? The big 3
compilers (well mostly, Microsoft still presents a few issues) support
C++11 at this point.

Many of the issues below would just 'go away' with the use of std::mutex,
std::unique_lock, and std::comdition_variable.

On Saturday, February 21, 2015, Bjorn Reese <breese at mail1.stofanet.dk>

> On 02/21/2015 04:44 PM, Doron Somech wrote:
> > (https://github.com/zeromq/libzmq/blob/master/src/mailbox_safe.hpp) have
> I had a quick look at this class...
> The workaround in the destructor is not thread-safe. Another thread
> may enter and wait between the sync->unlock() and the end of the
> destructor scope. You need to add a state variable to prevent this
> from happening.
> Furthermore, if another thread is waiting on the condition variable,
> then the mutex is unlocked while it is waiting. You need to
> notify (broadcast) the condition variable to wake up the other thread
> and get it out of the class. You will most likely need to to add a
> reference count to keep track of how many pending threads are waiting
> in order to know when it is safe to exit the destructor.
> The use of sync->lock() and sync->unlock() is not exception safe. I
> suggest that you use a scoped lock instead of the explicit calls. Read
> this for inspiration:
>    http://en.cppreference.com/w/cpp/thread/unique_lock
> The code does not handle spurious wakeups from the condition variable.
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