[PATCH libX11] config: Add an option to initialize threads by default.

Tiago Vignatti tiago.vignatti at nokia.com
Mon Jan 31 05:12:29 PST 2011

On 01/31/2011 01:13 PM, ext Julien Cristau wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 12:46:56 +0200, Rami Ylimäki wrote:
>> This change makes it possible to guard a system against a missing
>> XInitThreads call in X clients. One might argue that this is a client
>> problem and that all X clients should call XInitThreads if it's
>> possible that they could use Xlib from multiple threads. However,
>> experience has shown that it's just too easy for developers to
>> overlook the need for this call.
> This change means that somebody developing their apps on a system with
> it on will never see they need to call XInitThreads(), and stuff will
> break when moving to an Xlib without that option.  I don't think that's
> a good idea.

I do agree with Julien in the sense that developers could become lazy 
and in general won't care much anymore about initializing thread support.

OTOH, if you pick a Qt application for instance, you will see that it is 
close to impossible to track from a stack trace of 80 functions whether 
XInitThreads() is called properly or not. At the same time, it's not a 
big deal to maintain the support Rami made in libX11. So why not?

Acked-by: Tiago Vignatti <tiago.vignatti at nokia.com>


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