winmm: Allow a FORCE_SHUTDOWN on driver close?

Maarten Lankhorst m.b.lankhorst at
Fri Apr 20 13:43:57 CDT 2007

After trying to implement the alsa mixer I came across a problem: If
winmm is unloading, a deadlock could occur if during unloading it's
waiting for another thread.

In winmm itself this isn't much of a problem: there aren't any threads.

However, the drivers used by winmm may have threads, and if the
application doesn't shut down their drivers properly, it could be
possible that a deadlock occurs when the drivers unload because winmm

For that reason I propose to add a flag that's passed to the sound
drivers that signals a shutdown in DLL_DETACH context, so that drivers
can choose to call TerminateThread instead of waiting tidily for the
thread to finish running.

It's not pretty, but I don't see another way how to make sure that
deadlocks won't occur when unloading winmm. I'm open for other
suggestions though.


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