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GraphicsDevice.EffectCache is not threadsafe #6837

dmanning23 opened this issue Aug 3, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Aug 3, 2019

I have a project where it is loading content in different threads. Very occasionally, it will crash when loading Effect objects:

  Message=An item with the same key has already been added.
   at System.ThrowHelper.ThrowArgumentException(ExceptionResource resource)
   at System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2.Insert(TKey key, TValue value, Boolean add)
   at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Graphics.Effect..ctor(GraphicsDevice graphicsDevice, Byte[] effectCode, Int32 index, Int32 count)
   at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Content.ContentTypeReader`1.Read(ContentReader input, Object existingInstance)
   at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Content.ContentReader.InnerReadObject[T](T existingInstance)
   at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Content.ContentReader.ReadObject[T]()
   at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Content.ContentReader.ReadAsset[T]()
   at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Content.ContentManager.ReadAsset[T](String assetName, Action`1 recordDisposableObject)
   at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Content.ContentManager.Load[T](String assetName)
   at BloomBuddy.Bloom.LoadContent(SpriteBatch spriteBatch, ContentManager content, GraphicsDeviceManager device)

Chased it down to this line of code:

graphicsDevice.EffectCache.Add(effectKey, cloneSource);

Effects are being cached in the GraphicsDevice object, but there is no thread protection around that cache. There are two solutions I can see:

  1. Add a lock around access to the EffectCache
  2. Move the EffectCache into ContentManager. That would be the logical place to cache it.

Super appreciate all the work yall are putting into MonoGame.

What version of MonoGame does the bug occur on:

  • MonoGame 3.7

What operating system are you using:

  • Windows, Android, iOS

What MonoGame platform are you using:

  • WindowsDX, Android, iOS
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