Geo Geo - 7 months ago 48
Ruby Question

How can I return a value from a thread in Ruby?

If I have the following code :

threads = []
(1..5).each do |i|
threads << Thread.new { `process x#{i}.bin` }
end
threads.each do |t|
t.join
# i'd like to get the output of the process command now.
end


What do I have to do to get the output of the process command? How could I create a custom thread so that I can accomplish this?

Answer

The script

threads = []
(1..5).each do |i|
  threads << Thread.new { Thread.current[:output] = `echo Hi from thread ##{i}` }
end
threads.each do |t|
  t.join
  puts t[:output]
end

illustrates how to accomplish what you need. It has the benefit of keeping the output with the thread that generated it, so you can join and get the output of each thread at any time. When run, the script prints

Hi from thread #1
Hi from thread #2
Hi from thread #3
Hi from thread #4
Hi from thread #5