[lldb-dev] Use of thread local storage in Timer
zturner at google.com
Fri Sep 5 16:48:28 PDT 2014
One of the next things I wanted to cleanup is the use of Thread local
storage. LLVM already provides a ThreadLocal class, so simialr to how I
cleaned up the DynamicLibrary stuff to use LLVM's DynamicLibrary, I wanted
to do the same with ThreadLocal.
There's a catch though. Timer makes use of pthreads' thread-local storage
destructors, and this isn't supported on all platforms. I'm wondering how
critical is this really?
It looks like the thread local storage entry is created in
Timer::Initialize(), and the only place in the code that
Timer::Initialize() is called is from lldb_private::Initialize. Based on
this, I actually think that maybe the fact that it's using TLS at all is
just a historical carry-over and not actually necessary anymore since it's
only being used from a single thread. If this is true, there's no reason
to even use TLS, I could just make a static member and cleanup with a call
This would solve the portability issue since TLS destructors would no
longer be needed, and making porting all of our TLS code to use llvm
support libraries very easy.
Does this assessment seem correct? Or am I missing something?
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