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<h3 class="section">2.12 Thread-safety</h3>

<p>The library can be used in multi-threaded programs.  All the functions
are thread-safe, in the sense that they do not use static variables.
Memory is always associated with objects and not with functions.  For
functions which use <em>workspace</em> objects as temporary storage the
workspaces should be allocated on a per-thread basis.  For functions
which use <em>table</em> objects as read-only memory the tables can be used
by multiple threads simultaneously.  Table arguments are always declared
<code>const</code> in function prototypes, to indicate that they may be
safely accessed by different threads.
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<p>There are a small number of static global variables which are used to
control the overall behavior of the library (e.g. whether to use
range-checking, the function to call on fatal error, etc).  These
variables are set directly by the user, so they should be initialized
once at program startup and not modified by different threads.
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