[Backgroundrb-devel] adding results from threads to a collection and returning it

hemant gethemant at gmail.com
Thu Jun 12 15:54:01 EDT 2008

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 5:26 AM, Neil Mock <neilmock at gmail.com> wrote:
> Forgive me if this has been addressed somewhere, but I have searched and
> can't come up with anything.
> I am basically trying to distribute several web page scraping tasks among
> different threads, and have the results from each added to an Array which is
> ultimately returned by the backgroundrb worker.  Here is an example of what
> I'm trying to do in a worker method:
>      pages = Array.new
>      pages_to_scrape.each do |url|
>           thread_pool.defer(url) do |url|
>             begin
>               # model object performs the scraping
>               page = ScrapedPage.new(page.url)
>               pages << page
>             rescue
>               logger.info "page scrape failed"
>             end
>           end
>         end
>       end
>     return pages
> From monitoring the backgroundrb logs, it appears that all of the pages are
> completed successfully in the threads.  However, the array that is returned
> is empty.  This is to be expected I suppose because the threads don't
> complete before the array is returned, but my question is: how can I make
> the worker wait to return the array only when all of the threads are
> complete?


I have a solution for you in git version:


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