[vlc-devel] [PATCH] Handle GET_PARAMETER keepalive responses during PAUSE

Paul Clark paul at packetship.com
Thu Jun 25 17:29:45 CEST 2015

On 25/06/15 15:56, Ross Finlayson wrote:
> Once again, folks: The best way to use the LIVE555 library is to have 
> *exactly one* thread that calls LIVE555 functions.  This thread (after 
> some initialization to set up timer tasks using 
> “scheduleDelayedTask()”) would call “doEventLoop()”, without a 'watch 
> variable' parameter.  In other words, this thread would do nothing but 
> run within “doEventLoop()”, and would not block.  Your other threads 
> (i.e., the rest of your application) can continue to do whatever they 
> want - except call LIVE555 functions.
> This is the way that the LIVE555 library is intended to be used, and 
> it’s how almost everyone else has been using it.  Unfortunately, 
> however, you have chosen a different model - in which you make 
> ‘temporary' calls into the LIVE555 library.  This complicates your 
> code, because (1) you need to ensure that no more than one thread of 
> control at a time is calling LIVE555 functions, and (2) because you 
> need to use a ‘watch variable’ in each of your calls to 
> “doEventLoop()”, to ensure that the calls are temporary.

I think "chosen" may be over-stating it, at least in my case :-) I'm 
just trying to fix a bug, although admittedly after many years of such 
fixes it all gets messy and needs refactoring.

> That’s why your “live555.cpp” code is so complex.  I urge you to 
> (sometime in the future) restructure this code - as noted above - to 
> use a single thread that does nothing but run inside “doEventLoop()”. 
>  This would simplify it considerably.

Well, that's possible for a rainy day project...  Is it allowed for 
application threads to call sendXxx() methods, or (as your FAQ suggests) 
does everything have to go through a triggered event, in which the 
handler (which presumably we have to write?) calls sendXxx() in the 
doEventLoop() thread?  If the latter that adds a shedload of complexity 
- there are 7 different sendXxx() calls in 20-odd places, and we would 
only have a (void *) to pass parameters with...

Best regards

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