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Re: Are there plans for a multi-threaded Emacs?

From: Simon Josefsson
Subject: Re: Are there plans for a multi-threaded Emacs?
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 19:53:41 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.1003 (Gnus v5.10.3) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>> What is it about Emacs that makes it worth a major rewrite in order
>>> to make it multithreaded?
>> Gnus.
> Wouldn't Gnus be happy enough with cooperative multithreading ?

I believe so too.

> I keep thinking that we should provide a way to specify background tasks
> that we can run while idle.  It can already be done in elisp, but it's
> rather painful.

Yes.  Like David Kastrup indicated, Gnus can already do several things
in the background, but it is far from what you would expect from a
normal multi-threaded mail reader.  Blocking the GUI to wait for data
from the network is poor engineering.

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