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handleMessage trouble/idle state

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           Hi!

I have written an application which creates a few threads which each create one timer object and then wait for the timer messages to activate them and do their stuff and so on.

So basically the execute procedure looks like this:

procedure TMyThread.Execute;
begin
     While Not Terminated Do
     Begin
//case 1) Application.HandleMessage;
//case 2) Application.ProcessMessages;
//case 3)
     End;
end;

1) The Application goes in the idle state, responds to TTimer events, but does not return to the Execute function any more, therefore not checking the Terminated property any more and therefore never terminating!

2) The application repaints the windows and responds to termination requests, but I noticed it consumes all CPU resources (100%) which, of course, is unnacceptable.

3) The application not only consumes all CPU resources, but also doesn't respond to paint messages well.

What exactly does "idle state" mean? Does it mean that the the system suspends the application (or the thread) until a message is received? What would be a harmless message to send?

Do these functions affect Threads or the entire Application?

Juris.
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by:inter
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Dear Juris,

Do you use TTimer for timing or you create a multimedia timer? Please explain the details of your code a bit more!

About the CPU resources:
- Try to insert Sleep(10) for example in your threads loop, this solves it (or timing is that much critical we should use another approach)
About ProcessMessages called from thread:
- This is not required and when you call it, it transfers the control to WIN32 and returns when message queue becomes empty, so this may cause lock up because WM_TIMER is sent applications message queue periodically!

Igor

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by:juris
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I use a TTimer.

Yeah, sleep() really helped I think. Thanks.

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by:inter
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Sorry, but I still can not understand the mechanism. Please briefly list the step of creating thread, where to create timer, where to suspend thread etc.

Igor
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by:juris
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Hey, inter.

Thanks a lot for your help.

Could you post an answer so I can give you credit?

My code was really lame because I missed that sleep(). Now it works OK.

FYI, now it looks like this:

procedure TMyThread.Execute;
Var
   LastTime, CurTime : TDateTime;
begin
     Launch;
     LastTime := Time;
     While Not Terminated Do
     Begin
          Sleep(100);
          CurTime := Time;
          If (CurTime > StartTime) And (CurTime < EndTime) And (LastTime + Interval <= CurTime) Then
          Begin
               LastTime := CurTime;
               DoStuff;
          End;
     End;
end;

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I am happy to cooperate,

Bye
Igor
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