Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#941 closed enhancement (fixed)

Add option to process-fork to allow creating a subprocess with only the current thread

Reported by: sjamaan Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone: someday
Component: core libraries Version: 4.8.x
Keywords: posix, processes, fork Cc:
Estimated difficulty:


It would be useful to have the option to call process-fork without having all the threads running in the new process (like in SCSH's fork procedure).

This will make it easy to fork off "worker" processes in multithreaded server processes without causing threads to write multiple copies of response data to all connected clients.

After discussion with Felix we came to the conclusion that this needs a hook in the scheduler to "promote" arbitrary threads to become the primordial thread, and to blow away all non-primordial threads. Including file descriptors and the I/O wait list, as well as the pending threads list etc.

When this is implemented, people can safely use the scsh-process egg's macros in spiffy, for example.

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by sjamaan

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

This was implemented by 47b5be71353305425a419831ff2a5682a5c39df1 (thanks, Felix!)

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