Mutex Constructor (Boolean)

 
System_CAPS_noteNote

The .NET API Reference documentation has a new home. Visit the .NET API Browser on docs.microsoft.com to see the new experience.

Initializes a new instance of the Mutex class with a Boolean value that indicates whether the calling thread should have initial ownership of the mutex.

Namespace:   System.Threading
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public Mutex(
	bool initiallyOwned
)

Parameters

initiallyOwned
Type: System.Boolean

true to give the calling thread initial ownership of the mutex; otherwise, false.

The following code example shows how a local Mutex object is used to synchronize access to a protected resource. The thread that creates the Mutex owns it initially.

using System;
using System.Threading;

class Test
{
    // Create a new Mutex. The creating thread owns the Mutex.
    private static Mutex mut = new Mutex(true);
    private const int numIterations = 1;
    private const int numThreads = 3;

    static void Main()
    {
        // Create the threads that will use the protected resource.
        for(int i = 0; i < numThreads; i++)
        {
            Thread myThread = new Thread(new ThreadStart(MyThreadProc));
            myThread.Name = String.Format("Thread{0}", i + 1);
            myThread.Start();
        }

        // Wait one second before allowing other threads to
        // acquire the Mutex.
        Console.WriteLine("Creating thread owns the Mutex.");
        Thread.Sleep(1000);

        Console.WriteLine("Creating thread releases the Mutex.\r\n");
        mut.ReleaseMutex();
    }

    private static void MyThreadProc()
    {
        for(int i = 0; i < numIterations; i++)
        {
            UseResource();
        }
    }

    // This method represents a resource that must be synchronized
    // so that only one thread at a time can enter.
    private static void UseResource()
    {
        // Wait until it is safe to enter.
        mut.WaitOne();

        Console.WriteLine("{0} has entered the protected area", 
            Thread.CurrentThread.Name);

        // Place code to access non-reentrant resources here.

        // Simulate some work.
        Thread.Sleep(500);

        Console.WriteLine("{0} is leaving the protected area\r\n", 
            Thread.CurrentThread.Name);

        // Release the Mutex.
        mut.ReleaseMutex();
    }
}
// The example displays output like the following:
//       Creating thread owns the Mutex.
//       Creating thread releases the Mutex.
//       
//       Thread1 has entered the protected area
//       Thread1 is leaving the protected area
//       
//       Thread2 has entered the protected area
//       Thread2 is leaving the protected area
//       
//       Thread3 has entered the protected area
//       Thread3 is leaving the protected area

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 8.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
Return to top
Show: