Safely set bits in a variable
#include <atomic.h> void atomic_set( volatile unsigned * loc, unsigned bits );
- A pointer to the location whose bits you want to set.
- The bits that you want to set.
Use the -l c option to qcc to link against this library. This library is usually included automatically.
The atomic_set() function is a thread-safe way of doing an (*loc) |= bits operation.
The atomic_*() functions are guaranteed to complete without being preempted by another thread, even in a symmetric-multiprocessing system. When modifying a variable shared between a thread and an interrupt, you must either disable interrupts or use the atomic_*() functions.
The atomic_*() functions are also useful for modifying variables that are referenced by more than one thread (that aren't necessarily in the same process) without having to use a mutex.
Perform atomic operations only on objects that were allocated in normal memory mappings. On certain processors, atomic operations will cause a fault if the object is allocated in uncached memory.
To safely set the 1 bit in a flag:
#include <atomic.h> … volatile unsigned flags; … atomic_set( &flags, 0x01 );
Last modified: 2014-06-24