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Posted on 2006-06-16
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I am trying to pass data to a thread using a NamedDataSlot. and I get an error.  Here is my code:

void StartThread()
        {
            int equipType = 45;
            button.Enabled = false;
            lock (stateLock)
            {
                target = Convert.ToInt32(txtTo.Text);
            }
            Thread t = new Thread(new ThreadStart(ThreadJob));
            t.IsBackground = true;

           
            // Pass thread the equipment type too look for
            Thread.AllocateNamedDataSlot("EquipType");
            LocalDataStoreSlot LDSSEquipType;
            LDSSEquipType = Thread.GetNamedDataSlot("EquipType");
            Thread.SetData(LDSSEquipType, equipType);

            t.Start();
        }

        void ThreadJob()
        {
            LocalDataStoreSlot LDSSEquipType;
            LDSSEquipType = Thread.GetNamedDataSlot("EquipType");
            if (!(LDSSEquipType == null))
            {
                int equipType = (int)Thread.GetData(LDSSEquipType);          //<--------------- ***************
            }
        }

On the line marked with *** I get a NullReferenceException error.  Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?  I've looked at a number of different sites to try to find out what I'm doing wrong and they are all doing the same way I am.

Thanks,
axnst2
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by:anyoneis
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AXNST2;

"Data slots are unique per thread. '

so, you can't do what you are trying to do.

David
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by:anyoneis
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To expand on that (because I found it confusing), the call "Allocates a named data slot on all threads. " So each thread has the DataSlotName, but the contents are unique for each thread.

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I thought that what I was doing was consistent with what you're saying.  I allocate a Named Datat Slot in my main thread, assigned it with a value, and then I try to retreive that value in my ThreadJob thread.

Well, that's what I thought I was doing anyway.  Please let me know how I'm supposed to accomplish that.

Thanks,
axnst2
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anyoneis earned 2000 total points
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Think of named slots as being thread-specific globals:

"Threads and contexts use a local store memory mechanism to store thread-specific and context-specific data, respectively. The common language runtime allocates a multi-slot data store array to each process when it is created. The thread or context calls various functions to allocate a data slot in the data store, to store and retrieve a data value in the slot, and to free a data slot for reuse after the thread or context object expires.

The data slots are unique per thread or context; their values are not shared between the thread or context objects. Data slots can be allocated by a name or by an index number.
"

I don't have an answer for you on the best way to communicationthis kind of information. One thought would be to create a class which contained the worker method as well as the worker's data. The data would be set in the constructor.

David
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Thanks a lot for your help David.  I ended up just putting my thread in class of its own with properties, and I just create new instances of that class every time I need a new thread.  It's better programming practise anyway.  Of course, I will award you the points for the information.

Thanks,
axnst2
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