Thread::Queue(3p)Perl Programmers Reference GuidThread::Queue(3p)
Thread::Queue - thread-safe queues
my $q = new Thread::Queue;
my $foo = $q->dequeue; # The "bar" is still in the queue.
my $foo = $q->dequeue_nb; # returns "bar", or undef if the queue was empty
my $left = $q->pending; # returns the number of items still in the queue
A queue, as implemented by "Thread::Queue" is a thread-
safe data structure much like a list. Any number of
threads can safely add elements to the end of the list, or
remove elements from the head of the list. (Queues don't
permit adding or removing elements from the middle of the
FUNCTIONS AND METHODS
new The "new" function creates a new empty queue.
The "enqueue" method adds a list of scalars on to
the end of the queue. The queue will grow as
needed to accommodate the list.
dequeue The "dequeue" method removes a scalar from the
head of the queue and returns it. If the queue is
currently empty, "dequeue" will block the thread
until another thread "enqueue"s a scalar.
The "dequeue_nb" method, like the "dequeue"
method, removes a scalar from the head of the
queue and returns it. Unlike "dequeue", though,
"dequeue_nb" won't block if the queue is empty,
instead returning "undef".
pending The "pending" method returns the number of items
still in the queue.
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