[Geany-devel] multiple instance save-settings - Re: Race condition when saving geany.conf
elextr at xxxxx
Fri Feb 26 22:31:09 UTC 2010
On 27 February 2010 03:36, Randy Kramer <rhkramer at gmail.com> wrote:
> I haven't paid careful attention to this thread, but on several projects
> I've worked on, we've adopted a "last to save, wins" philosophy for
> situations (somewhat) similar to this.
> I've learned to deal with that in several applications including nedit,
> and it seems to be a reasonable approach, requiring, iiuc, no work.
As I understand it, what Eugene is worried about is that when several
instances finish at the same time without synchronisation it might not be
last wins so much as random config file wins. Several instances will all
try to finish at once if you shut down/logout with several Geanys out of
their bottle :-)
> Randy Kramer
> On Friday 26 February 2010 10:15:02 am Nick Treleaven wrote:
> > On Wed, 24 Feb 2010 12:04:20 +0300
> > Eugene Arshinov <earshinov at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > When several instances of Geany quit in the same time, there is a
> > > high possibility of a conflict. I can reproduce it easily on my
> > > machine, using either trunk or SM version.
> > >
> > > To reproduce: open three instances of geany, "geany", "geany -i"
> > > and another "geany" (absence of file names implies -i automatically
> > > in this case). It would be better to open three different files in
> > > the instances, to distinguish them. Then logout or reboot without
> > > quitting geany manually. On my machine, after I (in case of trunk)
> > > or SM code (in case of SM) restart geany, the default session is
> > > always cleared. Expected behaviour: the default session is managed
> > > by the first of the three instances and contains the files, which
> > > were opened in that instance, after restart.
> > >
> > > I can see two solutions for this problem. The first is an
> > > additional POSIX process-shared semaphore / mutex for Windows to
> > > guard geany.conf. This should eliminate the problem completely.
> > > AFAIK, there are no wrappers for process synchronization primitives
> > > in GLib, so I'll need to write a thin wrapper myself.
> > >
> > > The second option is to change the behaviour of "new instances". If
> > > such an instance (#1) detects a "main instance" (#2) running, it
> > > should not touch geany.conf. Actually, to deal with the described
> > > issue, it is enough to implement this behaviour only when #1 tries
> > > to save geany.conf while quitting.
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