[chuck-users] soft kill

Kassen signal.automatique at gmail.com
Sat Aug 18 17:47:12 EDT 2012

On 18 August 2012 19:47, Bastian Schumacher <bastian.schumacher at yahoo.de> wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> killing a thread means means immediate de-scheduling. There is not such a thing as "soft kill" in any software because the scheduler is not the place where that kind of functionality belongs to. What you want is a "quit"-mechanism for your program:

Yes, indeed. It'd need to be a static member of a public class, in
practice; environment variable checking is too slow for this.

Sadly this means quite a bit of planning ahead, making it unsuitable
for spontaneous improvisation. There has also been some talk about
"crossfading" when replacing shreds; also a appealing idea if we
ignore the CPU cost.

I think these are sufficiently sound and universal ideas to think
about a framework/library for them. I'd like to help with something
like that, but personally I'd like to first see a bit of the cleanup
to the type system, particularly as it relates to arrays. I see no way
of doing anything like this without arrays of UGens and assigning to
those, combined with functions returning UGen references. There's a
notorious amount of dragons there, currently.


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