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Implementing recursive mutexes

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Created: eswar_illuri (30 May 2007)
Last edited: hamishwillee (25 Jul 2012)

If you come from a POSIX environment, you'll find Symbian's support for synchronization primitives rather simplistic. This is in some way due to Symbian's preference for single threaded applications using the Active object idiom, thus making the use of multithreading often unnecessary. Sometimes, the need for recursive (reentrant) mutexes arises (note though that POSIX mutexes aren't recursive by default). Here is a possible implementation of a wrapper class over a RMutex:

class TRecursiveMutex
void Acquire();
void Release();
RMutex iMutex;
TThreadId iOwner;
TInt iCount;
TRecursiveMutex::TRecursiveMutex() : iCount(0)
void TRecursiveMutex::Acquire()
TThreadId id = RThread().Id();
if (iOwner == id)
iCount = 1;
iOwner = id;
void TRecursiveMutex::Release()
if (--iCount == 0)
iOwner = 0;

Note:You'll notice this is a bare bones implementation. Potential things to be added (at least on debug builds) could be checking thread ownership and iCount being 0 upon destruction

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