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3.1 The correct thread for CAPI operations

All operations on displayed CAPI elements need to be in the thread (that is, the mp:process ) that runs their interface. On some platforms, display and contain make a new thread. On Cocoa, all interfaces run in a single thread.

In most cases this issue does not arise, because CAPI callbacks are run in the correct thread. However, if your code needs to communicate with a CAPI window from a random thread, it should use execute-with-interface , execute-with-interface-if-alive or apply-in-pane-process to send the function to the correct thread.

This is why the brief interactive examples in this manual generally use execute-with-interface or apply-in-pane-process when modifying a displayed CAPI element. In contrast, the demo example in Connecting an interface to an application is modified only by callbacks which run in the demo interface's own process, and so there is no need to use execute-with-interface or apply-in-pane-process .

LispWorks CAPI User Guide (Unix version) - 22 Dec 2009