Immutability in Kotlin/Native
Kotlin/Native implements strict mutability checks, ensuring
the important invariant that the object is either immutable or
accessible from the single thread at that moment in time (
mutable XOR global).
Immutability is a runtime property in Kotlin/Native, and can be applied
to an arbitrary object subgraph using the
It makes all the objects reachable from the given one immutable,
such a transition is a one-way operation (i.e., objects cannot be unfrozen later).
Some naturally immutable objects such as
other primitive types, along with
AtomicReference are frozen
by default. If a mutating operation is applied to a frozen object,
InvalidMutabilityException is thrown.
mutable XOR global invariant, all globally visible state (currently,
object singletons and enums) are automatically frozen. If object freezing
is not desired, a
kotlin.native.ThreadLocal annotation can be used, which will make
the object state thread local, and so, mutable (but the changed state is not visible to
Top level/global variables of non-primitive types are by default accessible in the
main thread (i.e., the thread which initialized Kotlin/Native runtime first) only.
Access from another thread will lead to an
IncorrectDereferenceException being thrown.
To make such variables accessible in other threads, you can use either the
and mark the value thread local or
@SharedImmutable, which will make the value frozen and accessible
from other threads.
AtomicReference can be used to publish the changed frozen state to
other threads, and so build patterns like shared caches.