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Post RobotC task alive function

Is there a function in RobotC that allows you to see if a task is running? If not, would there be a simple way of working it out that didn't require the thread to be on a quick loop.


Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:34 pm
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Post Re: RobotC task alive function
quirkey wrote:
Is there a function in RobotC that allows you to see if a task is running?

I did not yet meet the problem (new in RobotC) and found no explicit task status variable, but it can be solved "manually."

Define a global bool variable for each task you have to keep track and initialize them to false. The variable shall be set to true in very first statement of the task it belongs thus it will be executed when the task is initiated by StartTask(). The variable shall be reset to false at every occasion where StopAllTasks() or StopTask() are invoked.

Now these bool variables will follow the dead or alive status of the tasks.

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Post Watchdog timer
Another approach is a "watchdog timer" - each task is assigned a global counter variable which it increments periodically (e.g. each time through a loop, or after a specified time interval).

You define a watchdog task who's sole purpose is to ensure that each task's counter is periodically updated. The watchdog can wake up every 10 seconds and will decrement each task's counter. If a task's counter reaches zero then the watchdog task assumes that the task has died and restarts it. It's up to each task to periodically update its watchdog counter.

As the NXT firmware can only support 10 concurrent tasks, and the watchdog task must be one of those tasks, you have a switch statement with nine conditions on which task to restart.


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