Using Thread-local Variables

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The thread function and any of the routines it calls have their own local variables, just like any other Dephi language routines. These routines also can access any global variables. In fact, global variables provide a powerful mechanism for communicating between threads.

Sometimes, however, you may want to use variables that are global to all the routines running in your thread, but not shared with other instances of the same thread class. You can do this by declaring thread-local variables. Make a variable thread-local by declaring it in a threadvar section. For example,

  x : integer;
int __thread x;

declares an integer type variable that is private to each thread in the application, but global within each thread.

The threadvar section can only be used for global variables. Pointer and Function variables can't be thread variables. Types that use copy-on-write semantics, such as long strings don't work as thread variables either.

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