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bug#38807: [Feature request]: Support lisp workers like web workers.


From: HaiJun Zhang
Subject: bug#38807: [Feature request]: Support lisp workers like web workers.
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:41:51 +0800

在 2020年3月27日 +0800 AM2:15,Ivan Yonchovski <address@hidden>,写道:

Eli Zaretskii writes:

Since the user waits for this job to finish anyway, why does it help
to run some of this processing in a separate thread?

The user might not want to wait for the completion but he/she might want
to continue to type while the parsing is taking place. The effect is
that the typing feels slugish. IME with latest native json parsing this
is no longer the case for lsp-mode.


With my limited understanding of emacs internals I see 2 potential
solutions to allow writing of "lisp workers".

1. Start second(or multiple) elisp interpreter in the emacs process
which has thread local copy of all of the global data(buffers, data
allocation, etc). It may or may not have a gui attached to it. In
addition to that, introduce primitives for moving elisp datastructure
from the background thread to the main UI thread and vice versa
eventually by coping the original structure to avoid bugs.


I’d like not expose any global data to them. Even the data allocation can be standalone. Then they pass lisp object by coping as you said.

2. Make the functions that create elisp datastructures threadsafe(or
some sane subset) and expose them to the dynamic modules.

Thanks,
Ivan

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