Trying to join an already exited pthread
steve.removethis at Watt.COM
Wed Feb 7 21:51:36 UTC 2007
In <Pine.LNX.4.43.0702071314560.22034 at hymn08.u.washington.edu>,
<youshi10 at u.washington.edu> wrote:
>If I was to try and join a pthread that already exited, would there be an error
>message output and/or errno set to an error value, or would a system hang?
Was the thread created with detach state set PTHREAD_CREATE_DETACHED or
PTHREAD_CREATE_JOINABLE? If it was PTHREAD_CREATE_JOINABLE, has the
thread already been joined?
You should be able to join a thread that was created joinable, only once.
If you join it again, or join a thread that was created detached, the
results are unspecified in POSIX. There is an error status that may
be returned, but it may do other bad things to your system.
Note that pthread_join doesn't set errno; it returns an error value
directly. I would never expect the system to hang, though the application
might. If your application is hanging, make sure that you're not trying
to call pthread_join from within a signal handler.
>It this variable on Unix OSes?
That the results are unspecified? No. What "unspecified" means?
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