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Re: Guile fibers return values

From: Zelphir Kaltstahl
Subject: Re: Guile fibers return values
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2020 13:46:30 +0100
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Thank you for your answer!

I think the example with channels, which I sent later goes in the
direction your are describing : )

Yes, I am not planning on modifying shared state and doing the whole
mutex stuff.



On 1/5/20 3:42 AM, John Cowan wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 5:50 PM Zelphir Kaltstahl
> <address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:
>     I have questions regarding the usage of the fibers library. It seems,
>     that I cannot find any way to get a computation result back from a
>     fiber. I also cannot find anything about how to get a value back
>     from a
>     fiber, except for channels.
> FIbers are much more like coroutines than subroutines: they don't
> return data, they pass it on.  You *can* communicate by mutating
> shared data, but it's asking for trouble because of synchronization
> issues.  Stick to communicating using channels, that's what they are
> for.  Of course if your fiber both sends and receives on channels to
> the same fiber, you risk deadlock if you are not careful to stay
> exactly in sync and avoid output buffering.  Exactly these rules
> apply to shell pipelines, probably the most widespread form of
> concurrency in programming as well as the simplest and most reliable.
> John Cowan      
>  address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>
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