Module Eio.Condition

Waiting for a condition to become true.

Waiters call await in a loop as long as some condition is false. Fibers that modify inputs to the condition must call broadcast soon afterwards so that waiters can re-check the condition.


let x = ref 0
let cond = Eio.Condition.create ()
let mutex = Eio.Mutex.create ()

let set_x value =
  Eio.Mutex.use_rw ~protect:false mutex (fun () -> x := value);
  Eio.Condition.broadcast cond

let await_x p =
  Eio.Mutex.use_ro mutex (fun () ->
     while not (p !x) do                  (* [x] cannot change, as mutex is locked. *)
       Eio.Condition.await cond mutex     (* Mutex is unlocked while suspended. *)

It is used like this:

  (fun () ->
     traceln "x = %d" !x;
     await_x ((=) 42);
     traceln "x = %d" !x
  (fun () ->
     set_x 5;
     Fiber.yield ();
     set_x 7;
     set_x 42;
type t
val create : unit -> t

create () creates a new condition variable.

val await : t -> Mutex.t -> unit

await t mutex suspends the current fiber until it is notified by t.

You should lock mutex before testing whether the condition is true, and leave it locked while calling this function. It will be unlocked while the fiber is waiting and locked again before returning (it is also locked again if the wait is cancelled).

val await_no_mutex : t -> unit

await_no_mutex t suspends the current fiber until it is notified by t.

This is only safe to use in the case where t is only used within a single domain, and the test for the condition was done without switching fibers. i.e. you know the condition is still false, and no notification of a change can be sent until await_no_mutex has finished suspending the fiber.

val loop_no_mutex : t -> (unit -> 'a option) -> 'a

loop_no_mutex t update runs update () until it returns Some x, then returns x.

If update () returns None then it waits until broadcast is called before retrying. If broadcast is called while update is running, update runs again immediately.

For example, if broadcast config_changed is performed after some configuration file is changed, then you can ensure load_config will always eventually have seen the latest configuration like this:

Fiber.fork_daemon ~sw (fun () ->
  loop_no_mutex config_changed (fun () -> load_config (); None)

Note that, since there is no lock, load_config may see a half-written update if the configuration is changed again before it finishes reading it, so it should just log the error and wait to be called again.

val broadcast : t -> unit

broadcast t wakes up any waiting fibers (by appending them to the run-queue to resume later).

If no fibers are waiting, nothing happens.

Low-level API

This is intended only for integrating Eio with other IO libraries.

type request
val register_immediate : t -> (unit -> unit) -> request

register_immediate t fn will call fn () the next time broadcast is called.

fn runs immediately from the caller's context, which might not be an Eio thread, or may be a signal handler, etc. Therefore, care is needed here. This is typically used to send a wake-up event to some non-Eio library.

val cancel : request -> bool

cancel request tries to cancel a request created with register_unsafe.

It returns true if the request was cancelled (the callback will never be called), or false if the request was already complete (the callback has already been called).