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Re: Re: Why use threads over processes, or why use processes over threads?by petesmiley (Friar)
|on Nov 11, 2003 at 16:53 UTC
++ This is very accurate for me as well. I've done a bit fork programming and a bit of thread programming. Sharing data with forks has always struck me as "funky".
I have another good reason to use threads. According to the threads doc, fork under windows is a hack using threads. Many of my programs run on Windows. I believe this sometimes led to "funky" (seemingly unforkish) behavior when I tried to use forks.
As listed in the threads doc:
Prior to perl 5.8 this has only been available to people embedding perl and for emulating fork() on windows.
So I pretty much just use threads now when I program for something that will run under windows. Thankfully, the memory leaks are being weeded out :) It would be really nice to get the best out of both worlds with threads, but I suppose it will just take time to polish it.