Re: Question on C++ Thread Class and inheritance/polymorphism with POSIX pthread

Szabolcs Ferenczi <>
Wed, 29 Oct 2008 03:06:47 -0700 (PDT)
On Oct 29, 12:07 am, "Chris M. Thomasson" <n...@spam.invalid> wrote:

FWIW, here is a quick example (in the form of a fully compliable program
with error checking omitted) of how I use POSIX threads within a C++
/* Simple Thread Object
#include <pthread.h>

extern "C" void* thread_entry(void*);

class thread_base {
  pthread_t m_tid;
  friend void* thread_entry(void*);
  virtual void on_thread_entry() = 0;

  virtual ~thread_base() = 0;

  void thread_run() {
    pthread_create(&m_tid, NULL, thread_entry, this);

  void thread_join() {
    pthread_join(m_tid, NULL);


thread_base::~thread_base() {}

void* thread_entry(void* state) {
  return 0;


template<typename T>
struct thread : public T {
  thread() : T() {

  ~thread() {

  template<typename T_p1>
  thread(T_p1 p1) : T(p1) {

  template<typename T_p1, typename T_p2>
  thread(T_p1 p1, T_p2 p2) : T(p1, p2) {

  // [and on and on for for params...]


/* Simple Usage Example
#include <string>
#include <cstdio>

class worker : public thread_base {
  std::string const m_name;

  void on_thread_entry() {
      (void*)this, m_name.c_str());

  worker(std::string const& name)
    : m_name(name) {
      (void*)this, m_name.c_str());

  ~worker() {
     (void*)this, m_name.c_str());


int main(void) {
    thread<worker> workers[] = {

    worker another_worker("Jeff");

  std::puts("\n\n\n__________________\nhit <ENTER> to exit...");
  return 0;}


IMVHO, this is very straight forward and works well. In fact, I think I l=


it better than the Boost method... Humm... Well, what do you all think ab=


the design? Is it crap?

The active object concept is much better than the Boost thread and I
have suggested it earlier that the C++0x committee should consider
this pattern, i.e. active object, as a high level wrapper construction
next to their high level wrapper wait/2 on the condition variable:

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I do think it has advantages over Boost's method. One such advantage
is the RAII nature of it.

Furthermore, I think it should be taken in into the C++0x standard on
the similar grounds as they provide higher level condition variable
wait API as well:

template <class Predicate>
    void wait(unique_lock<mutex>& lock, Predicate pred);
As if:
while (!pred())

Another remark: Why do you not keep to the terminology we have come up
with earlier? It is for an active object and not for any plain thread.

"What's the connection between objects and threads?"

What is the difference between:

    worker another_worker("XY");


    ActiveObject<worker> another_worker("XY");

Well, the difference is that the wrapper takes care of the low level
details of starting and stopping the thread. As a bonus, it is
impossible to miss to join the thread. In other frameworks they tend
to call it the fork-join style.

So, you might consider this patch for clarity:

< struct ActiveObject : public T {
< ActiveObject() : T() {

struct thread : public T {
  thread() : T() {

< ~ActiveObject() {

  ~thread() {

< ActiveObject(T_p1 p1) : T(p1) {

  thread(T_p1 p1) : T(p1) {

< ActiveObject(T_p1 p1, T_p2 p2) : T(p1, p2) {

  thread(T_p1 p1, T_p2 p2) : T(p1, p2) {

< ActiveObject<worker> workers[] = {

    thread<worker> workers[] = {

I believe that the program will be clearer and more readable if you
keep to the terminology that reflects the active object. It is not a
good idea to overload the term `thread' since it will just cause some
more confusion.

Best Regards,

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