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Re: Globals Storage and Thread-safety

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: mkscott(at)sacadia(dot)com
Cc: pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Globals Storage and Thread-safety
Date: 2002-02-22 05:43:53
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mkscott(at)sacadia(dot)com wrote:
> Hi All,
> This patch is to start up a globals storage environment
> and, in the future, thread-safety.  It includes three new files:
> env/env.h -- Header for globals storage
> env/env.c -- Source for globals storage and creation
> env/thread.h -- Header for possible future thread implementation
> I created a new subsystem directory but they can go where appropriate.  
> Implementation is very much like shared memory storage.  The globals
> environment is a hashtable that stores stuctures for the various
> subsystems.  Developers would be able to create structures to store
> and retrieve items
> that would normally be held in global variables.  The hashtable is keyed
> by an int that identifies the specific global.
> I had to change dynahash.c to use MemoryContexts only if HASH_ALLOC and
> HASH_CONTEXT are not set in the control flags.
> I have included an example implementation for the MemoryContext globals.
> It uses #defines to redefine the globals to the stored
> structure if compiled with USE_GLOBAL_ENVIRONMENT.  This is probably
> should be optimized to reduce the number of calls to retrieve storage but
> I will worry about that when and if the patch is accepted.
> Thanks,
> Myron Scott
> mkscott(at)sacadia(dot)com


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