How do I cancel a timer?

Brandon Black blblack at
Fri Dec 19 07:19:36 CET 2008

James Mansion wrote:
> ryah dahl wrote:
>> The mistake checking you want could be added with very much overhead
> That's not necessarily true.  Just have a signal byte at a known offset 
> and require it to be 0 to
> do the initialisation, and the initialisationn will change the signal. 
> This is low overhead on
> users and runtime - but it IS an API change.  To say its not possible in 
> general is wrong, though.
> And, to be honest, having an *optional*check that looks in memory and 
> says 'if it looks initialised,
> then it IS in itialised' and accepts a probabilistic false positive, is 
> also cheap and unlikely
> to be a problem in reality while catching a class of bug.  (Though, you 
> might want to increase
> the size of the structure slightly to have a magic flag  - 64 bits or so 
> perhaps).

The problem with an initialization flag byte is this then requires that 
the memory being passed to the init function be zero-d (or at least, the 
flag byte within it be zero-d), whereas with the current simpler scheme, 
an application may be managing its own local pools of memory and reusing 
old chunks of memory without zeroing them before calling the 
initialization function.  So again, there's a performance loss there of 
the application needing to zero the memory before each re-use for that 
scheme to work (not to mention failing to zero the memory before reuse, 
or zeroing the wrong thing before reusing the right one, is basically 
going to fall into the same class of application programming bug/mistake 
as the problem we're trying to avoid in the first place).

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