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[DotGNU]Re: Thread.Join and the main thread

From: Russell Stuart
Subject: [DotGNU]Re: Thread.Join and the main thread
Date: 20 May 2004 10:38:38 +1000

On Thu, 2004-05-20 at 03:38, Thong (Tum) Nguyen wrote:
> I can see two obvious solutions.  Solution 1 is for ilrun to create a new
> thread for Main to run under (not the main system thread).  That way, the
> thread which executes the program entry point won't be the thread which ends
> up waiting for foreground threads to finish.  Solution 2 is to allow the
> ilrun's main to call some new method (ILThreadMainFinished?) after the
> program's entry point has been called but before it waits on all foreground
> threads to finish.  The method would cause all threads waiting to join on
> the main system thread to exit.
> Solution 1 seems cleanest and lest hackish to me (by far) but does require
> that even the simplest of programs (on multithreaded profiles) to have two
> threads (three if you include the finalizer thread).  What do you think?

My personal preference for threads is that in a non-threaded program
there shouldn't be any extra threads.  Indeed, I would like to see
hb_gc.c not start a finalizer thread if there is only one thread running
- instead it should just run the finalizers synchronously.

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