=head1 NAME

Imager::Threads - Imager and threads

=head1 SYNOPSIS

  use Imager;
  use threads;
  Imager->preload;

  threads->create(...);

=head1 DESCRIPTION

Starting from version 0.94 Imager attempts to work safely with perl's
C<ithreads>.

Previous versions stored some state in global variables, in particular
the internal error stack.

However there are some limitations:

=over

=item *

Imager's debug malloc isn't thread safe and will never be.  Imager's
debug malloc is disabled by default.

=item *

C<libtiff>, which Imager uses for TIFF file support is not thread
safe, C<Imager::File::TIFF> works around this by single-threading its
access to C<libtiff>.

=item *

C<giflib>, which Imager uses for GIF support is not thread safe before
version 5.  C<Imager::File::GIF> works around this by single threading
its access to C<giflib>.

=item *

C<T1Lib>, used by one of Imager's font drivers, is not thread safe.
C<Imager::Font::T1> works around this by single threading access.

=item *

killing a thread reading or writing TIFF or GIF files, or using T1
fonts through C<Imager::Font::T1> may deadlock other threads when they
attempt to read or write TIFF or GIF files, or work with Type 1 fonts.

=item *

Fill, font, color or I/O layer objects created in one thread are not
valid for use in child threads.  If you manage to duplicate such an
object in another thread, you get to keep both pieces when it breaks.

=back

Note that if you have another module using C<libtiff>, C<giflib> or
C<t1lib> it may interact with Imager's use of those libraries in a
threaded environment, since there's no way to co-ordinate access to
the global information C<libtiff>, C<giflib> and C<t1lib> maintain.

Imager currently doesn't use threads itself, except for testing its
threads support.

=head1 SEE ALSO

Imager, C<threads>

=head1 AUTHOR

Tony Cook <tony@cpan.org>

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