Thread: Mutex - location of lock/unlock

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    Mutex - location of lock/unlock

    General question concerning the implimentation of mutexes.

    I am using mutexes to synchronize data access of a object shared by multiple threads. It seems like the only practical place to use the lock/unlock functions are within the actual data class itself (ie. get/set functions). The actual "shared" data object is a container class consisting of a number of these data classes. Is it possible for me to just simpily use mutexes in the container class or do I need to go the long route and pass the mutex variable (pthread_mutex_t mutex) all the way down to the data element class and use lock/unlock anytime a variable is "set/get". If this is the case, is there a lot of overhead in using the mutex functionality anytime a variable is accessed?


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    it is perfectly feasible to lock/unlock the container. You lock when writing and unlock when writing is finished. multiple reader threads would be ok as long as no thread is writing at the time. If a thread needs to write to the container then it must lock it, write the data then unlock so reading threads can access the container.
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