Which thread lib to use on Win32 and other systems (was Re: [cairo] Recommendations for 1.4.0

Dave Yeo daveryeo at telus.net
Mon Mar 5 11:15:30 PST 2007

On Mon, 5 Mar 2007 20:30:59 +0200, Tor Lillqvist wrote:

>Behdad Esfahbod writes:
> > which thread library should we prefer: pthread or native threads?
>You mean just on Win32, or in general? Depends on how "foreign"
>pthreads is on the platform in question. On most modern Unixes,
>pthread comes with the OS, and is pretty close to native threads,
>isn't it? The pthread API is used by much (most?) GNOMEish or KDEish
>software already anyway on such platforms, yes?
>But on Win32 pthreads-win32 is a 3rd-party DLL. No reason to drag in a
>pthreads dependency there just for something as simple as in-process
> > I think the current "prefer pthread" is Ok if we provide a
> > --without-pthread option. Comments?
>Sounds OK.

I would have to agree with the above as on OS/2 pthreads is also a
third party lib and IIRC is not 100%. Also in general native threads
should be more efficient
Still nice to have choice

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