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From:
Alan Burlison
Date:
November 11, 1999 13:31
Subject:
Re: threads in general
Message ID:
382B34BD.18A5A9CF@uk.sun.com
Ed Peschko wrote:

> I'm sort of curious about the discussion (threads on solaris) - Chip has
> publicly stated (I believe) that threads will *not* be supported in topaz.
> Someone correct me if this statement is wrong, but doesn't this mean that
> any work on threading will just make the upgrade path from perl5 to perl6 more
> difficult?

Personally I'm far from convinced of the utility/stability/practicality
of threads in perl5.  IMHO its virtually impossible to retrofit threads
to existing software without either crippling performance or leaving
gaping holes in the system.  I voted strongly against them in the first
place, but I was overruled the majority decision - which is fair enough.

The only chance we have of getting a robust and scalable threaded perl
is if they are put in from the ground floor up, i.e. in Topaz, which if
you are correct isn't going to happen anyway.

Alan Burlison

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