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rrdthreads - Provisions for linking the RRD library to use in
Using librrd in multi-threaded programs requires some extra
precautions, as the RRD library in its original form was not thread-
safe at all. This document describes requirements and pitfalls on the
way to use the multi-threaded version of librrd in your own programs.
It also gives hints for future RRD development to keep the library
Currently only some RRD operations are implemented in a thread-safe
way. They all end in the usual ""_r"" suffix.
In order to use librrd in multi-threaded programs you must:
o Link with librrd_th instead of librrd (use "-lrrd_th" when linking)
o Use the ""_r"" functions instead of the normal API-functions
o Do not use any at-style time specifications. Parsing of such time
specifications is terribly non-thread-safe.
o Never use non *"_r" functions unless it is explicitly documented
that the function is tread-safe.
o Every thread SHOULD call "rrd_get_context()" before its first call
to any "librrd_th" function in order to set up thread specific
data. This is not strictly required, but it is the only way to test
if memory allocation can be done by this function. Otherwise the
program may die with a SIGSEGV in a low-memory situation.
o Always call "rrd_error_clear()" before any call to the library.
Otherwise the call might fail due to some earlier error.
NOTES FOR RRD CONTRIBUTORS
Some precautions must be followed when developing RRD from now on:
o Only use thread-safe functions in library code. Many often used
libc functions aren't thread-safe. Take care in the following
situations or when using the following library functions:
o Direct calls to "strerror()" must be avoided: use
"rrd_strerror()" instead, it provides a per-thread error
o The "getpw*", "getgr*", "gethost*" function families (and some
more "get*" functions) are not thread-safe: use the *"_r"
o Time functions: "asctime", "ctime", "gmtime", "localtime": use
o "strtok": use "strtok_r"
o "tmpnam": use "tmpnam_r"
o Many others (lookup documentation)
o A header file named rrd_is_thread_safe.h is provided that works
with the GNU C-preprocessor to "poison" some of the most common
non-thread-safe functions using the "#pragma GCC poison" directive.
Just include this header in source files you want to keep thread-
o Do not introduce global variables!
If you really, really have to use a global variable you may add a
new field to the "rrd_context" structure and modify rrd_error.c,
rrd_thread_safe.c and rrd_non_thread_safe.c
o Do not use "getopt" or "getopt_long" in *"_r" (neither directly nor
"getopt" uses global variables and behaves badly in a multi-
threaded application when called concurrently. Instead provide a
*_r function taking all options as function parameters. You may
provide argc and **argv arguments for variable length argument
lists. See "rrd_update_r" as an example.
o Do not use the "rrd_parsetime" function!
It uses lots of global variables. You may use it in functions not
designed to be thread-safe, like in functions wrapping the "_r"
version of some operation (e.g., "rrd_create", but not in
CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTED THREAD SAFE FUNCTIONS
Currently there exist thread-safe variants of "rrd_update",
"rrd_create", "rrd_dump", "rrd_info", "rrd_last", and "rrd_fetch".
Peter Stamfest <firstname.lastname@example.org>
1.7.0 2018-06-30 RRDTHREADS(1)