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author Sam Lantinga <slouken@libsdl.org>
Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:49:48 -0500
branchSDL-1.2
changeset 6238 fba40d9f4a73
parent 1621 f12379c41042
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Fixed bug 1387 - Patch: fix minor typos in SDL-1.2 HTML docs bl0ckedusersoft 2012-01-20 12:14:57 PST This patch fixes a few minor typos in the SDL-1.2 HTML docs.

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>Chapter 12. Multi-threaded Programming</H1
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>Table of Contents</B
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>SDL_CreateThread</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Creates a new thread of execution that shares its parent's properties.</DT
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>SDL_ThreadID</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Get the 32-bit thread identifier for the current thread.</DT
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>SDL_GetThreadID</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Get the SDL thread ID of a SDL_Thread</DT
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>SDL_WaitThread</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Wait for a thread to finish.</DT
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>SDL_KillThread</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Gracelessly terminates the thread.</DT
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>SDL_CreateMutex</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Create a mutex</DT
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>SDL_DestroyMutex</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Destroy a mutex</DT
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>SDL_mutexP</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Lock a mutex</DT
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>SDL_mutexV</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Unlock a mutex</DT
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>SDL_CreateSemaphore</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Creates a new semaphore and assigns an initial value to it.</DT
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>SDL_DestroySemaphore</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Destroys a semaphore that was created by <A
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>SDL_CreateSemaphore</A
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>SDL_SemWait</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Lock a semaphore and suspend the thread if the semaphore value is zero.</DT
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>SDL_SemTryWait</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Attempt to lock a semaphore but don't suspend the thread.</DT
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>SDL_SemWaitTimeout</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Lock a semaphore, but only wait up to a specified maximum time.</DT
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>SDL_SemPost</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Unlock a semaphore.</DT
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>SDL_SemValue</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Return the current value of a semaphore.</DT
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>SDL_CreateCond</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Create a condition variable</DT
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>SDL_DestroyCond</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Destroy a condition variable</DT
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>SDL_CondSignal</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Restart a thread wait on a condition variable</DT
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>SDL_CondBroadcast</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Restart all threads waiting on a condition variable</DT
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>SDL_CondWait</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Wait on a condition variable</DT
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>SDL_CondWaitTimeout</A
>&nbsp;--&nbsp;Wait on a condition variable, with timeout</DT
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>SDL provides functions for creating threads, mutexes, semphores and condition variables.</P
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>In general, you must be very aware of concurrency and data integrity issues
when writing multi-threaded programs.  Some good guidelines include:
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>Don't call SDL video/event functions from separate threads</P
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>Don't use any library functions in separate threads</P
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>Don't perform any memory management in separate threads</P
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>Lock global variables which may be accessed by multiple threads</P
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>Never terminate threads, always set a flag and wait for them to quit</P
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>Think very carefully about all possible ways your code may interact</P
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>Note: </B
>SDL's threading is not implemented on MacOS, due to the lack of preemptive thread support on that OS (Mac OS X doesn't suffer from this problem)</P
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