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Re: [Libvir] PATCH: Fix and cleanup ref counting/ domain/network object release



Daniel P. Berrange wrote:

The problem is that we need to use pthread_t / pthread_create APIs for
other parts of libvirt. libxml2 doesn't provide any portability layer
for threads - only for mutexes. Any platform which has pthread_t, already
has pthread_mutex_t, so although in theory the pthread_mutex_t is less
portable than xmlMutex, in practice the overall portability is the same
due to the constraint of needing pthread_t.

Don't be forgetting about Windows. MinGW has a pthread API, and Red Hat also have one[1]. Whether they are the same or not I haven't found out yet.

The one thing I noticed is you need to be careful about pthread_t : on Unix this is usually an int of some sort, but on Windows it's a structure. You might also want to check [2] for some gotchas, particularly around thread cancellation.

Rich.

[1] http://sources.redhat.com/pthreads-win32/
[2] http://sources.redhat.com/pthreads-win32/faq.html

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