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Manual Reference Pages  -  PTHREAD_CREATE (3)

NAME

pthread_create - create a new thread

CONTENTS

Library
Synopsis
Description
Return Values
Errors
See Also
Standards

LIBRARY


.Lb libpthread

SYNOPSIS


.In pthread.h int pthread_create pthread_t *thread const pthread_attr_t *attr void *(*start_routine)(void *) void *arg

DESCRIPTION

The pthread_create function is used to create a new thread, with attributes specified by attr, within a process. If attr is NULL, the default attributes are used. If the attributes specified by attr are modified later, the thread’s attributes are not affected. Upon successful completion pthread_create will store the ID of the created thread in the location specified by thread.

The thread is created executing start_routine with arg as its sole argument. If the start_routine returns, the effect is as if there was an implicit call to pthread_exit using the return value of start_routine as the exit status. Note that the thread in which main was originally invoked differs from this. When it returns from main, the effect is as if there was an implicit call to exit using the return value of main as the exit status.

The signal state of the new thread is initialized as:

  • The signal mask is inherited from the creating thread.
  • The set of signals pending for the new thread is empty.

RETURN VALUES

If successful, the pthread_create function will return zero. Otherwise an error number will be returned to indicate the error.

ERRORS

The pthread_create function will fail if:
[EAGAIN]
  The system lacked the necessary resources to create another thread, or the system-imposed limit on the total number of threads in a process [PTHREAD_THREADS_MAX] would be exceeded.
[EPERM]
  The caller does not have appropriate permission to set the required scheduling parameters or scheduling policy.
[EINVAL]
  The value specified by attr is invalid.

SEE ALSO

fork(2), pthread_attr(3), pthread_cleanup_pop(3), pthread_cleanup_push(3), pthread_exit(3), pthread_join(3)

STANDARDS

The pthread_create function conforms to -p1003.1-96.
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