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Deadlock

What Does Deadlock Mean?

In general computing, a deadlock is a situation where two different programs or processes depend on one another for completion, either because both are using the same resources or because of erroneous cues or other problems.

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Techopedia Explains Deadlock

Modern operating systems use various threads and multitasking for programs and processes. There are certain situations where the operating system may fail to manage a deadlock, causing processes to hang or freeze. Dealing with this is a major part of software engineering. For example, there can be a situation where two threads start and request resources from each other, and neither can go forward. This will require a significant observation of processes and changes that will work around these hangups.

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Deadly Embrace

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