[alsa-devel] Races in alsa-lib with threads
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Tue Nov 13 14:47:00 CET 2012
> From: Takashi Iwai [tiwai at suse.de]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 2:30 AM
> To: Trent Piepho
> Cc: Krakora Robert-B42341; alsa-devel at alsa-project.org
> Subject: Re: [alsa-devel] Races in alsa-lib with threads
> At Tue, 13 Nov 2012 02:14:08 -0500,
> Trent Piepho wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 1:32 AM, Takashi Iwai <tiwai at suse.de> wrote:
> > > At Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:40:42 +0000 (UTC),
> > > Rob Krakora wrote:
> > >> Would you be able to point me the the ALSA documentation that indicates the
> > >> stipulations on handle usage using multiple threads? I cannot find it.
> > >
> > > Think other way round:
> > > The fact that it isn't documented means it's not safe to use in that
> > > way :)
> > The introduction on the alsa-project home page says, "SMP and
> > thread-safe design. " Some people might misunderstand what
> > thread-safe means. Maybe some clarification could be added.
> > "Different streams are SMP and thread-safe (calls for the same stream
> > must be serialized)."
> Yeah this should be corrected. SMP things are just about the kernel
> side at that time.
> It's a Wiki, feel free to correct / improve the text.
The way that the GStreamer ALSA Sink Plugin is using ALSA Lib assumes that it is thread safe. The fix crafted by one of Trent's colleagues (attached) seems to be the way to go. However, I don't know how it would impact other functionality within ALSA Lib.
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