Wednesday, April 20, 2011

avoid calling wait() while holding multiple locks

Avoid calling wait() while holding locks. I always try very hard to call lock1.wait() while holding nothing but lock1.

Similarly, avoid grabbing a lock while holding other locks.

Beware of all blocking operations like lock-grabbing, wait(), while loop, join() and sleep(longPeriod). If the blocked thread is the only thread capable of "releasing" some shared resource, then that resource gets locked up along with the thread, starving other threads who needs it.

In contrast, tryLock(), wait(shortPerod), join(shortPeriod) are safer.

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