Process Manager in Macintosh Operating System

Process Manager in Macintosh Operating System

33 Pages · 2002 · 379 KB · English

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[email protected] Page 1 of 33 Mindfire White Paper Process Manager in Macintosh Operating System Mindfire Solutions www.mindfiresolutions.com March 6, 2002 Abstract: This paper discusses managing processes and takes in Macintosh operating system. This paper is a summarized form of “Inside Macintosh: Processes” and is directed towards developers who are new to Mac development but had previous development experience on other operating system. After going through this article you will be familiar with Process Manager, Time Manager, Vertical Retrace Manager, Notification Manager and several other process related services provided by the system. PROCESS MANAGER IN MACINTOSH OPERATING SYSTEM.............1 INTRODUCTION TO PROCESS AND TASKS.....................3 • THE COOPERATIVE MULTITASKING ENVIRONMENT.................3 • ABOUT PROCESSES........................................3 Process Creation.........................................3 Process Scheduling.............................................3 • ABOUT TASKS.........................................................3 Task Creation.............................................................3 Task Scheduling..............................................................3 PROCESS MANAGER..................................................................3 • USING THE PROCESS MANAGER..................................................3 Getting Information About Other Processes..............................3 Launching Other Applications..................................................3 Terminating an Application..................................................3 Data Structures...............................................................3 TIME MANAGER.........................................................................3 • ABOUT THE TIME MANAGER.....................................................3 The Extended Time Manager...............................................3 • USING THE TIME MANAGER.......................................................3 Installing and Activating Tasks.................................................3 Using Application Global Variables in Tasks.............................3 Computing Elapsed Time.....................................................3 • IMPORTANT ROUTINES............................................................3 InsTime.......................................................................3 InsXTime........................................................................3 [email protected] Page 2 of 33 Mindfire White Paper PrimeTime:.....................................3 RmvTime.......................................3 Time Manager Tasks..................................3 VERTICAL RETRACE MANAGER.............................3 • ABOUT THE VERTICAL RETRACE MANAGER.............................3 VBL Tasks Installed by the Operating System.....................3 Types of VBL Tasks.................................................3 The VBL Task Record..............................................3 Vertical Retrace Queues.................................................3 VBL Tasks and Application Execution....................................3 • USING THE VERTICAL RETRACE MANAGER.....................................3 Installing a VBL Task..................................................3 Accessing a Task Record at Interrupt Time...............................3 Accessing Application Global Variables in a VBL Task 4..................3 Installing a Persistent VBL Task 4..........................................3 NOTIFICATION MANAGER....................................................3 • ABOUT THE NOTIFICATION MANAGER 5..........................................3 • USING THE NOTIFICATION MANAGER 5...........................................3 Creating and deleting a Notification Request.............................3 DEFERRED TASK MANAGER....................................................3 SEGMENT MANAGER 7...........................................................3 • ABOUT THE SEGMENT MANAGER 7.................................................3 Code Segmentation 7...................................................3 The Jump Table 7........................................................3

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