SlowTree SlowTree - 2 years ago 64
iOS Question

Core Data multi thread application

I'm trying to use core data in a multi thread way.
I simply want to show the application with the previously downloaded data while downloading new data in background.
This should let the user access the application during update process.

I have a NSURLConnection which download the file asyncronously using delegate (and showing the progress), then i use an XMLParser to parse the new data and create new NSManagedObjects in a separate context, with its own persistentStore and using a separate thread.

The problem is that creating new objects in the same context of the old one while showing it can throws BAD_INSTRUCTION exception.
So, I decided to use a separate context for the new data, but I can't figure out a way to move all the objects to the other context once finished.

Paolo aka SlowTree

Answer Source

The Apple Concurrency with Core Data documentation is the place to start. Read it really carefully... I was bitten many times by my misunderstandings!

Basic rules are:

  1. Use one NSPersistentStoreCoordinator per program. You don't need them per thread.
  2. Create one NSManagedObjectContext per thread.
  3. Never pass an NSManagedObject on a thread to the other thread.
  4. Instead, get the object IDs via -objectID and pass it to the other thread.

More rules:

  1. Make sure you save the object into the store before getting the object ID. Until saved, they're temporary, and you can't access them from another thread.
  2. And beware of the merge policies if you make changes to the managed objects from more than one thread.
  3. NSManagedObjectContext's -mergeChangesFromContextDidSaveNotification: is helpful.

But let me repeat, please read the document carefully! It's really worth it!

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