BlackMouse BlackMouse - 1 year ago 80
iOS Question

How do I create a deadlock in Grand Central Dispatch?

In Apple docs, it says:

Important: You should never call the dispatch_sync or dispatch_sync_f
function from a task that is executing in the same queue that you are
planning to pass to the function. This is particularly important for
serial queues, which are guaranteed to deadlock, but should also be
avoided for concurrent queues.

How do you write the code to do exactly this?

Answer Source

An intentional deadlock on a certain queue:

dispatch_queue_t queue = dispatch_queue_create("my.label", DISPATCH_QUEUE_SERIAL);
dispatch_async(queue, ^{
    dispatch_sync(queue, ^{
        // outer block is waiting for this inner block to complete,
        // inner block won't start before outer block finishes
        // => deadlock

    // this will never be reached

It's clear here that the outer and inner blocks are operating on the same queue. Most cases where this will occur is in places where it's less obvious what queue the caller of the dispatch_sync is operating on. This usually occurs in a (deeply) nested stack where you're executing code in some class that was originally launched on a certain queue, and by accident you call a dispatch_sync to the same queue.