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Preventing multiple events calling a running  thread

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I am designing a server application using TCP/IP (TServerSocket).  An event is generated each time a request is recieved.  I have a que attached to one thread, when a message is added to the Que the que needs to call the thread if is not already running.  How do I do this without using flags (serverbusy true/false) and ensure that the event ends while the thread is running?.    
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by:RobMartin
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This problem seems similar to that an OS faces when handling multiple programs attempting to access one resource.  How does the OS block the request if active and then notif the app when it becomes free.
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If you want to serialise access by these events to the thread then use critical sections (eg:EnterCriticalSection et al).

If you just want the event to abort if the thread is running you can do this a number of ways eg:

1. Checking the existence of the thread object if you create one when you need it.
2. By checking the suspended state of the thread if it suspends itself when it is dones

eg: if the thread suspends itself when it is done you can do this:

if ProcessorThread.Suspended then
  begin
    // Set some properties of the thread
   ...
   // activate thread again
  ProcessorThread.Suspended := false;
  end
else
  // abort processing this event.


Cheers,

Raymond.
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