talloc null context thread safe ?

Rémi turboult at easynet.fr
Wed Nov 8 14:55:25 GMT 2006

Rémi <remi.turboult at m4x.org> a écrit :

>> but it is something that should concern threaded programs.
> may be for the time being it is possible to add a small paragraph in
> "talloc_guide.txt" ?

I just realized that the "talloc_autofree_context" is also a global so  
this context as well shouldn't be shared between threads without  
precautions. Here is my updated proposal to add in "talloc_guide.txt" :


talloc itself does not deal with threads. It is thread-safe (assuming  
the underlying "malloc" is), as long as each thread uses different  
memory contexts.
If two threads uses the same context then they need to synchronize in  
order to be safe. In particular:
- when using talloc_enable_leak_report(), giving directly NULL as a  
parent context implicitly refers to a hidden "null context" global  
variable, so this should not be used in a multi-threaded environment  
without proper synchronization ;
- the context returned by talloc_autofree_context() is also global so  
shouldn't be used by several threads simultaneously without  


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