PTHREAD_CREATE(3)           Linux Programmer's Manual          PTHREAD_CREATE(3)

       pthread_create - create a new thread

       #include <pthread.h>

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

       Compile and link with -pthread.

       The pthread_create() function starts a new thread in the calling process.
       The new thread starts execution by invoking start_routine(); arg is
       passed as the sole argument of start_routine().

       The new thread terminates in one of the following ways:

       * It calls pthread_exit(3), specifying an exit status value that is
         available to another thread in the same process that calls

       * It returns from start_routine().  This is equivalent to calling
         pthread_exit(3) with the value supplied in the return statement.

       * It is canceled (see pthread_cancel(3)).

       * Any of the threads in the process calls exit(3), or the main thread
         performs a return from main().  This causes the termination of all
         threads in the process.

       The attr argument points to a pthread_attr_t structure whose contents are
       used at thread creation time to determine attributes for the new thread;
       this structure is initialized using pthread_attr_init(3) and related
       functions.  If attr is NULL, then the thread is created with default

       Before returning, a successful call to pthread_create() stores the ID of
       the new thread in the buffer pointed to by thread; this identifier is
       used to refer to the thread in subsequent calls to other pthreads

       The new thread inherits a copy of the creating thread's signal mask
       (pthread_sigmask(3)).  The set of pending signals for the new thread is
       empty (sigpending(2)).  The new thread does not inherit the creating
       thread's alternate signal stack (sigaltstack(2)).

       The new thread inherits the calling thread's floating-point environment

       The initial value of the new thread's CPU-time clock is 0 (see

   Linux-specific details
       The new thread inherits copies of the calling thread's capability sets
       (see capabilities(7)) and CPU affinity mask (see sched_setaffinity(2)).

       On success, pthread_create() returns 0; on error, it returns an error
       number, and the contents of *thread are undefined.

       EAGAIN Insufficient resources to create another thread.

       EAGAIN A system-imposed limit on the number of threads was encountered.
              There are a number of limits that may trigger this error: the
              RLIMIT_NPROC soft resource limit (set via setrlimit(2)), which
              limits the number of processes and threads for a real user ID, was
              reached; the kernel's system-wide limit on the number of processes
              and threads, /proc/sys/kernel/threads-max, was reached (see
              proc(5)); or the maximum number of PIDs, /proc/sys/kernel/pid_max,
              was reached (see proc(5)).

       EINVAL Invalid settings in attr.

       EPERM  No permission to set the scheduling policy and parameters
              specified in attr.

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

       │Interface                                     Attribute     Value   │
       │pthread_create()                              │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │

       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

       See pthread_self(3) for further information on the thread ID returned in
       *thread by pthread_create().  Unless real-time scheduling policies are
       being employed, after a call to pthread_create(), it is indeterminate
       which thread—the caller or the new thread—will next execute.

       A thread may either be joinable or detached.  If a thread is joinable,
       then another thread can call pthread_join(3) to wait for the thread to
       terminate and fetch its exit status.  Only when a terminated joinable
       thread has been joined are the last of its resources released back to the
       system.  When a detached thread terminates, its resources are
       automatically released back to the system: it is not possible to join
       with the thread in order to obtain its exit status.  Making a thread
       detached is useful for some types of daemon threads whose exit status the
       application does not need to care about.  By default, a new thread is
       created in a joinable state, unless attr was set to create the thread in
       a detached state (using pthread_attr_setdetachstate(3)).

       Under the NPTL threading implementation, if the RLIMIT_STACK soft
       resource limit at the time the program started has any value other than
       "unlimited", then it determines the default stack size of new threads.
       Using pthread_attr_setstacksize(3), the stack size attribute can be
       explicitly set in the attr argument used to create a thread, in order to
       obtain a stack size other than the default.  If the RLIMIT_STACK resource
       limit is set to "unlimited", a per-architecture value is used for the
       stack size.  Here is the value for a few architectures:

              │Architecture Default stack size │
              │i386         │               2 MB │
              │IA-64        │              32 MB │
              │PowerPC      │               4 MB │
              │S/390        │               2 MB │
              │Sparc-32     │               2 MB │
              │Sparc-64     │               4 MB │
              │x86_64       │               2 MB │
       In the obsolete LinuxThreads implementation, each of the threads in a
       process has a different process ID.  This is in violation of the POSIX
       threads specification, and is the source of many other nonconformances to
       the standard; see pthreads(7).

       The program below demonstrates the use of pthread_create(), as well as a
       number of other functions in the pthreads API.

       In the following run, on a system providing the NPTL threading
       implementation, the stack size defaults to the value given by the "stack
       size" resource limit:

           $ ulimit -s
           8192            # The stack size limit is 8 MB (0x800000 bytes)
           $ ./a.out hola salut servus
           Thread 1: top of stack near 0xb7dd03b8; argv_string=hola
           Thread 2: top of stack near 0xb75cf3b8; argv_string=salut
           Thread 3: top of stack near 0xb6dce3b8; argv_string=servus
           Joined with thread 1; returned value was HOLA
           Joined with thread 2; returned value was SALUT
           Joined with thread 3; returned value was SERVUS

       In the next run, the program explicitly sets a stack size of 1 MB (using
       pthread_attr_setstacksize(3)) for the created threads:

           $ ./a.out -s 0x100000 hola salut servus
           Thread 1: top of stack near 0xb7d723b8; argv_string=hola
           Thread 2: top of stack near 0xb7c713b8; argv_string=salut
           Thread 3: top of stack near 0xb7b703b8; argv_string=servus
           Joined with thread 1; returned value was HOLA
           Joined with thread 2; returned value was SALUT
           Joined with thread 3; returned value was SERVUS

   Program source

       #include <pthread.h>
       #include <string.h>
       #include <stdio.h>
       #include <stdlib.h>
       #include <unistd.h>
       #include <errno.h>
       #include <ctype.h>

       #define handle_error_en(en, msg) \
               do { errno = en; perror(msg); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } while (0)

       #define handle_error(msg) \
               do { perror(msg); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } while (0)

       struct thread_info {    /* Used as argument to thread_start() */
           pthread_t thread_id;        /* ID returned by pthread_create() */
           int       thread_num;       /* Application-defined thread # */
           char     *argv_string;      /* From command-line argument */

       /* Thread start function: display address near top of our stack,
          and return upper-cased copy of argv_string. */

       static void *
       thread_start(void *arg)
           struct thread_info *tinfo = arg;
           char *uargv;

           printf("Thread %d: top of stack near %p; argv_string=%s\n",
                   tinfo->thread_num, (void *) &tinfo, tinfo->argv_string);

           uargv = strdup(tinfo->argv_string);
           if (uargv == NULL)

           for (char *p = uargv; *p != '\0'; p++)
               *p = toupper(*p);

           return uargv;

       main(int argc, char *argv[])
           int s, opt, num_threads;
           pthread_attr_t attr;
           ssize_t stack_size;
           void *res;

           /* The "-s" option specifies a stack size for our threads. */

           stack_size = -1;
           while ((opt = getopt(argc, argv, "s:")) != -1) {
               switch (opt) {
               case 's':
                   stack_size = strtoul(optarg, NULL, 0);

                   fprintf(stderr, "Usage: %s [-s stack-size] arg...\n",

           num_threads = argc - optind;

           /* Initialize thread creation attributes. */

           s = pthread_attr_init(&attr);
           if (s != 0)
               handle_error_en(s, "pthread_attr_init");

           if (stack_size > 0) {
               s = pthread_attr_setstacksize(&attr, stack_size);
               if (s != 0)
                   handle_error_en(s, "pthread_attr_setstacksize");

           /* Allocate memory for pthread_create() arguments. */

           struct thread_info *tinfo = calloc(num_threads, sizeof(*tinfo));
           if (tinfo == NULL)

           /* Create one thread for each command-line argument. */

           for (int tnum = 0; tnum < num_threads; tnum++) {
               tinfo[tnum].thread_num = tnum + 1;
               tinfo[tnum].argv_string = argv[optind + tnum];

               /* The pthread_create() call stores the thread ID into
                  corresponding element of tinfo[]. */

               s = pthread_create(&tinfo[tnum].thread_id, &attr,
                                  &thread_start, &tinfo[tnum]);
               if (s != 0)
                   handle_error_en(s, "pthread_create");

           /* Destroy the thread attributes object, since it is no
              longer needed. */

           s = pthread_attr_destroy(&attr);
           if (s != 0)
               handle_error_en(s, "pthread_attr_destroy");

           /* Now join with each thread, and display its returned value. */

           for (int tnum = 0; tnum < num_threads; tnum++) {
               s = pthread_join(tinfo[tnum].thread_id, &res);
               if (s != 0)
                   handle_error_en(s, "pthread_join");

               printf("Joined with thread %d; returned value was %s\n",
                       tinfo[tnum].thread_num, (char *) res);
               free(res);      /* Free memory allocated by thread */


       getrlimit(2), pthread_attr_init(3), pthread_cancel(3), pthread_detach(3),
       pthread_equal(3), pthread_exit(3), pthread_getattr_np(3),
       pthread_join(3), pthread_self(3), pthread_setattr_default_np(3),

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