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PHP on Gentoo supports the threads USE flag. As far as I know, PHP does not support true threading; I am only aware of the ability to fork using pcntl_fork(), but this functionality is provided by the pcntl USE flag. So what exactly is the point of the threads USE flag if PHP does not support threading?

tl;dr - What purpose does the threads USE flag serve for PHP on Gentoo systems?

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It compiles PHP with thread safety on. PHP doesn't have threads, but this is supposed to allow PHP to run in a threaded environment such as Apache's worker MPM. However, note that PHP thread safety is highly disputed.

For more information on the topic, I will shamefully plug my answer to a related question.

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