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         If you are interested yet, I can send you the makefile used to make
the LuaTask Linux binaries in zip.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Doug Rogers" <>
To: "Lua list" <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 2:35 PM
Subject: Re: Across Lua universes (was Re: lua_pushtable)

> On Friday 04 June 2004 15:31, Wim Couwenberg wrote:
> > The basic principle is to allow only a single thread
> > at a time access to a particular Lua universe.  At
> > least in my experience this works much nicer than
> > trying to juggle with preempting OS threads on one and
> > the same state.
> Wim,
> I know this post is few days past the subject matter. Sorry about that,
but I
> let my Lua box fill to over 200 messages while being too busy in the past
> week.
> After struggling to get LuaTask to compile under Linux and LynxOS a couple
> months ago, I decided to create my own preemptive threading system using
> pthreads. That's just where I'm most comfortable. My system supports
> of string data between threads and allows timeouts on reads. The timeouts
> work well for periodic tasks. Using the string data allows anything that
> be stringified to be sent, and for some cases I use loadstring() to
> the data on the other side.
> But I was considering adding exactly what you are talking about above - a
> single 'universal' Lua state that provides protected access. That limits
> number of times that mutexes must be locked.
> I'm curious about your implementation. Would you be willing to cite an
> of two threads using your interface to the single global data? Do you have
> single table/module in each thread that is used to hold process-global
> values? I can see how overriding __inded and __newindex would work
> beautifully for that.
> For any who are interested, below is my very simple API. It is amazingly
> powerful, thanks to the designers of Lua!
> function
> -- If argument is a Lua function, copies that function to a new Lua state
> -- and runs it, passing the task handle as 'self'. If it is a file, loads
> -- code in the file, then runs it after setting 'self' to the task handle.
> -- Returns a task handle or nil, error message.
> function task:post(s)
> -- Sends the string s to the task self.
> -- Returns true or nil, error message.
> function task:read([timeout])
> -- Waits until timeout for a message.
> -- If timeout is not given, waits indefinitely.
> -- timeout may be a number, in which case it specifies a duration in
> -- minutes, or it may be a table of the form { sec=seconds,
nsec=nanoseconds }
> -- specifying the absolute time to wait until using the Posix
> -- clock.
> -- Returns a string or nil, error message string.
> -- On timeout the error string is "timeout", on thread cancellation,
> -- the string is "canceled". Other errors are as strerror() reports.
> I have not added a kill() function yet because I haven't needed it - it's
> in production yet. The code uses an incrementing unsigned long to track
> instances, so even very old threads will be correctly identified as
> 'canceled' on a post. The code currently creates a global table called
> 'task', but that's easy enough to change.
> The code is written in two layers - a C tasking model with a lua C module
> top of it. There is no Lua native code at all. It is cleanly written and
> available to any who ask.
> Doug Rogers
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