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Howto:Extend Nasal

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Locking a Nasal context (threading): naModLock() and naModUnlock() - taken verbatim from the Nasal source code
For an example how something like this is done in the FlightGear context, you may want to check out $FG_SRC/Scripting/nasal-props.cxx, which wraps the SGPropertyNode class ([[SimGear]]) inside a nasal ghost, so that the C++ class is exposed to Nasal scripts.
 
= Locking a Nasal context (threading) =
// Acquires a "modification lock" on a context, allowing the C code to
// modify Nasal data without fear that such data may be "lost" by the
// garbage collector (nasal data on the C stack is not examined in
// GC!). This disallows garbage collection until the current thread
// can be blocked. The lock should be acquired whenever nasal objects
// are being modified. It need not be acquired when only read access
// is needed, PRESUMING that the Nasal data being read is findable by
// the collector (via naSave, for example) and that another Nasal
// thread cannot or will not delete the reference to the data. It
// MUST NOT be acquired by naCFunction's, as those are called with the
// lock already held; acquiring two locks for the same thread will
// cause a deadlock when the GC is invoked. It should be UNLOCKED by
// naCFunction's when they are about to do any long term non-nasal
// processing and/or blocking I/O. Note that naModLock() may need to
// block to allow garbage collection to occur, and that garbage
// collection by other threads may be blocked until naModUnlock() is
// called. It must also be UNLOCKED by threads that hold a lock
// already before making a naCall() or naContinue() call -- these
// functions will attempt to acquire the lock again.
void naModLock();
void naModUnlock();
= Things to avoid =
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