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      Latest reply on Jan 11, 2020 6:38 PM by macuser1984
      macuser1984 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

        When an object that contains a semaphore gets automatically deallocated by ARC in my app, I get an EXC_BREAKPOINT or an EXC_BAD_INSTRUCTION with the message "BUG IN CLIENT OF LIBDISPATCH: Semaphore object deallocated while in use". The call stack shows libdispatch.dylib`_dispatch_semaphore_dispose.cold.1 as the location of the crash. I noticed that this error doesn't occur when the semaphore's wait/signal calls are balanced such that the semaphore's counter is at the value I initially passed in (see code below). In my actual code (which is in Metal rendering code that's getting called every frame), I don't know what the semaphore's counter is at at any given moment (and because of the abstraction of a semaphore, I shouldn't have to know what the counter is at), so how do I make sure that the object that holds the semaphore (and the semaphore itself) is deallocated properly so I don't get this crash on deallocation?


        class Test {
            var semaphore = DispatchSemaphore(value: 3)
        var test = Test()
        // will not crash
        test.semaphore.wait(timeout: DispatchTime.distantFuture)
        test = Test()
        // will crash
        test.semaphore.wait(timeout: DispatchTime.distantFuture)
        test = Test()