Re: atomically thread-safe Meyers singleton impl (fixed)...

"Chris M. Thomasson" <no@spam.invalid>
Wed, 30 Jul 2008 06:51:14 -0700
"Dmitriy V'jukov" <> wrote in message

On Jul 30, 8:44 am, "Chris Thomasson" <> wrote:

template<typename T>
struct singleton {
  static T* instance() {
    static T* volatile this_ptr = NULL;

I think here is a little problem. this_ptr is initialized dynamically,
and this initialization is not thread-safe. So some thread can
overwrite pointer in this_ptr with NULL.
You have to made this_ptr global, not function local, so it will be
initialized with NULL statically before any user code is executed.

Okay. However, by that logic and POSIX compiler magic aside for a moment,
the following is not "technically" thread-safe:

void foo() {
  static pthread_mutex_t this_mtx = PTHREAD_MUTEX_INITIALIZER;

unless the `pthread_mutex_lock()' and `pthread_mutex_unlock()' function
calls explicitly handle the condition you describe; where am I going wrong?

or even:

void foo() {
  static atomic_word volatile this_mtx = 0;

  while (ATOMIC_SWAP(&this_mtx, 1)) {


  ATOMIC_SWAP(&this_mtx, 0);

Could the above deadlock? Or encounter multiple threads within the

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