[racket] Peekable asynchronous channel?

From: Hendrik Boom (hendrik at topoi.pooq.com)
Date: Mon Aug 12 17:41:12 EDT 2013

On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 04:11:14PM -0400, Eli Barzilay wrote:
> An easy way to get around such things is to add a level of
> indirection: wrap the original channel in another one where you
> implement your own peeking.

Once you peek, if you decde that's not what you want, might you want to 
let independent threads peek the same element and decie they do want 

There's got to be some kind of rejecting release if a peek holds the 
stream until accepted.

-- hendrik

> 10 minutes ago, Jonathan Schuster wrote:
> > I discussed this with Vincent and Asumu today in person. Here are
> > some of the results of our conversation:
> > 
> > What I really want is a function like
> > "async-channel-non-empty-event" that returns an event that's ready
> > for synchronization when async-channel-get would not block (but the
> > event does not consume a message). The predicate
> > async-channel-empty? could also be useful for similar reasons.
> > 
> > The naive implementation of a peek event doesn't work because of the
> > following use case: On some thread (call it thread 1), the thread
> > syncs on a peek event and gets the peeked value. Thread 1 decides it
> > likes the value and attempts to pull it from the channel. However,
> > at the same time another thread (thread 2) pulls out that value, so
> > thread 1 ends up with a different value, which it doesn't know how
> > to process. That use case needs a more complicated API that handles
> > more of the thread synchronization. My own work doesn't involve this
> > use case, though.
> > 
> > For now, I'm going to write something to act like a channel with a
> > non-empty event, but do people think async-channel-non-empty and
> > async-channel-get would be useful to have in Racket proper? If not,
> > would there be interest in providing that functionality as a
> > package?
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