[Python-Dev] ActiveState & fork & Perl
gmcm at hypernet.com
Tue Jun 8 02:01:56 CEST 1999
David Ascher wrote:
> On Mon, 7 Jun 1999, Skip Montanaro wrote:
> > True enough, but as Guido pointed out, enabling threads by default would
> > immediately make the Mac a second-class citizen.
> I'm not sure I buy that argument. There are already thread demos in
> the current directory, and no one complains. The windows builds are
> already threaded by default, and it's not caused any problems that I
> know of. Think of it like enabling the *new* module. =)
> > Has there been an assessment of how hard it would be to add thread
> > support to the Mac?
> That's an interesting question, especially since ActiveState lists
> it as a machine w/ threads and w/o fork().
Not a Mac programmer, but I recall that when Steve Jobs came back,
they published a schedule that said threads would be available a
couple releases down the road. Schedules only move one way, so I'd
guess ActiveState is premature.
Perhaps Christian's stackless Python would enable green threads...
(And there are a number of things in the standard distribution which
don't work on Windows, either; fork and select()ing on file fds).
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