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pthread_create(3)        BSD Library Functions Manual        pthread_create(3)


     pthread_create -- create a new thread


     #include <pthread.h>

     pthread_create(pthread_t *restrict thread,
         const pthread_attr_t *restrict attr, void *(*start_routine)(void *),
         void *restrict arg);


     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 success-
     ful completion, pthread_create() will store the ID of the created thread
     in the location specified by thread.

     Upon its creation, the thread executes start_routine, with arg as its
     sole argument.  If 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.

     Upon thread exit the storage for the thread must be reclaimed by another
     thread via a call to pthread_join().  Alternatively, pthread_detach() may
     be called on the thread to indicate that the system may automatically
     reclaim the thread storage upon exit.  The pthread_attr_setdetachstate()
     function may be used on the attr argument passed to pthread_create() in
     order to achieve the same effect as a call to pthread_detach() on the
     newly created thread.

     The signal state of the new thread is initialized as:

           o   The signal mask is inherited from the creating thread.

           o   The set of signals pending for the new thread is empty.


     If successful,  the pthread_create() function will return zero.  Other-
     wise, an error number will be returned to indicate the error.


     pthread_create() 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.

     [EINVAL]           The value specified by attr is invalid.


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


     pthread_create() conforms to ISO/IEC 9945-1:1996 (``POSIX.1'').

BSD                              April 4, 1996                             BSD

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