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Bug #17506

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Ractor isolation broken by ThreadGroup

Added by marcandre (Marc-Andre Lafortune) 10 months ago.

Status:
Open
Priority:
Normal
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Target version:
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ruby -v:
ruby 3.0.0p0 (2020-12-25 revision 95aff21468) [x86_64-darwin18]
[ruby-core:101894]

Description

Ractors currently share the ThreadGroup.

This doesn't seem very useful as there is no possible communication between the Threads of different Ractors.

It is also an isolation error:

ThreadGroup.attr_accessor :foo
var = Thread.current.group.foo = [:example]
Ractor.new { Thread.current.group.foo << [:oops] }.take
var # => [:example, [:oops]]

Should Ractor.new create a new ThreadGroup? Should ThreadGroup not have (non-shareable) instance variables? Or should Ractor.new { Thread.current.group }.take be nil? See also https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/17505 about nil.

Note that Ractor respects the ThreadGroup's state:

Thread.current.group.enclose
Ractor.new { Thread.current.group.add(Thread.current) }.take # => can't move to the enclosed thread group

Thread.current.group.freeze
Ractor.new {} # => ThreadError (can't start a new thread (frozen ThreadGroup))

I am not sure what is the best behavior as I don't have enough experience with how ThreadGroups are used, especially enclosed ThreadGroups.

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