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DLL: ? global var for multiple dll-callers

I've a dll. When finished it will be loaded from different applications.
When an application starts working with my dll it first needs an AppId. AppId is given when calling the dll's "int Init()".
Init() increments its global NextApplId by one and returns this new value. So, the first app loading my dll gets "1", the next gets "2" and so on...
How can I do that??? (will also be a thread safe problem I quess)  

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WinNT 4.0, MS VC++ 97
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AndyRaschle
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nietodCommented:
A DLL can have segments of data that are shared among all the processes that use the DLL.  You just need to place the number there.  
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nietodCommented:
You will need a mutex to control access to the number, unless the number will be used only during the processs attach (or detach) call  (Which is very likely).  Only one thread may attach to or detach from the DLL at a time.  So you can safely access this variable from within the library entry point procedure without using a mutex.  Thus, if you want to increment this counter and copy the new number to a non-shared location, that is one that is private to each process, you can do that in the dll entry point procedure with out a mutex.  Otherwise you will need a mutex.  
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