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0.1.0 Apr 28, 2018

#820 in Concurrency


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Flexible Locks

This crate aims at providing generic, flexible implementations of locking primitives. For now, it only provides Mutex types (i.e. no RwLock, etc.), without poisoning, and without try_lock. Support for those can be added in the future if there is interest (patches welcome). Poisoning is not necessary with panic=abort.

The provided types allow flexibility in layout and locking implementation.

Differences from std::sync::Mutex

  • No poisoning.
  • No try_lock.
  • The underlying raw mutex primitive can be of any kind, within a Box or not, as long as the RawMutex trait is implemented. Choose carefully.
  • The raw mutex primitive can be embedded anywhere in the data type. See the MutexWrap type for a variant that looks more like std::sync::Mutex, but still allows to use a specific raw mutex primitive.
  • With care, this can allow to share data through FFI and contend on the same locks. See the ffi-example directory.


extern crate flexible_locks;
extern crate flexible_locks_derive;
use flexible_locks::{Mutex, RawMutex};

// Pick your choice of raw mutex;
use flexible_locks::SRWLOCK as RawOsMutex;
use flexible_locks::pthread_mutex_t as RawOsMutex;

use std::sync::Arc;
use std::thread;
use std::sync::mpsc::channel;

#[derive(MutexProtected, Default)]
struct Data {
    a: usize,
    b: usize,
    mutex: RawOsMutex,

const N: usize = 10;

fn main() {
    // Spawn a few threads to increment a shared variable (non-atomically),
    // and let the main thread know once all increments are done.
    // Here we're using an Arc to share memory among threads, and the data
    // inside the Arc is protected with a mutex.
    let data = Arc::new(Mutex::new(Data::default()));

    let (tx, rx) = channel();
    for _ in 0..N {
        let (data, tx) = (data.clone(), tx.clone());
        thread::spawn(move || {
            // The shared state can only be accessed once the lock is held.
            // Our non-atomic increment is safe because we're the only thread
            // which can access the shared state when the lock is held.
            let mut data = data.lock();
            data.a += 1;
            if data.a == N {
            // the lock is unlocked here when `data` goes out of scope.


The parking_lot feature can be enabled, providing a RawMutex implementation for parking_log::Mutex<()>.

License: Apache-2.0/MIT


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