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

       pthread_setname_np, pthread_getname_np - set/get the name of a thread

       #define _GNU_SOURCE             /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
       #include <pthread.h>

       int pthread_setname_np(pthread_t thread, const char *name);
       int pthread_getname_np(pthread_t thread, char *name, size_t len);

       Compile and link with -pthread.

       By default, all the threads created using pthread_create() inherit the
       program name.  The pthread_setname_np() function can be used to set a
       unique name for a thread, which can be useful for debugging multithreaded
       applications.  The thread name is a meaningful C language string, whose
       length is restricted to 16 characters, including the terminating null
       byte ('\0').  The thread argument specifies the thread whose name is to
       be changed; name specifies the new name.

       The pthread_getname_np() function can be used to retrieve the name of the
       thread.  The thread argument specifies the thread whose name is to be
       retrieved.  The buffer name is used to return the thread name; len
       specifies the number of bytes available in name.  The buffer specified by
       name should be at least 16 characters in length.  The returned thread
       name in the output buffer will be null terminated.

       On success, these functions return 0; on error, they return a nonzero
       error number.

       The pthread_setname_np() function can fail with the following error:

       ERANGE The length of the string specified pointed to by name exceeds the
              allowed limit.

       The pthread_getname_np() function can fail with the following error:

       ERANGE The buffer specified by name and len is too small to hold the
              thread name.

       If either of these functions fails to open /proc/self/task/[tid]/comm,
       then the call may fail with one of the errors described in open(2).

       These functions first appeared in glibc in version 2.12.

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

       │Interface                                     Attribute     Value   │
       │pthread_setname_np(), pthread_getname_np()    │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │

       These functions are nonstandard GNU extensions; hence the suffix "_np"
       (nonportable) in the names.

       pthread_setname_np() internally writes to the thread-specific comm file
       under the /proc filesystem: /proc/self/task/[tid]/comm.
       pthread_getname_np() retrieves it from the same location.

       The program below demonstrates the use of pthread_setname_np() and

       The following shell session shows a sample run of the program:

           $ ./a.out
           Created a thread. Default name is: a.out
           The thread name after setting it is THREADFOO.
           ^Z                           # Suspend the program
           [1]+  Stopped           ./a.out
           $ ps H -C a.out -o 'pid tid cmd comm'
             PID   TID CMD                         COMMAND
            5990  5990 ./a.out                     a.out
            5990  5991 ./a.out                     THREADFOO
           $ cat /proc/5990/task/5990/comm
           $ cat /proc/5990/task/5991/comm

   Program source

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

       #define NAMELEN 16

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

       static void *
       threadfunc(void *parm)
           sleep(5);          // allow main program to set the thread name
           return NULL;

       main(int argc, char **argv)
           pthread_t thread;
           int rc;
           char thread_name[NAMELEN];

           rc = pthread_create(&thread, NULL, threadfunc, NULL);
           if (rc != 0)
               errExitEN(rc, "pthread_create");

           rc = pthread_getname_np(thread, thread_name, NAMELEN);
           if (rc != 0)
               errExitEN(rc, "pthread_getname_np");

           printf("Created a thread. Default name is: %s\n", thread_name);
           rc = pthread_setname_np(thread, (argc > 1) ? argv[1] : "THREADFOO");
           if (rc != 0)
               errExitEN(rc, "pthread_setname_np");


           rc = pthread_getname_np(thread, thread_name,
                                   (argc > 2) ? atoi(argv[1]) : NAMELEN);
           if (rc != 0)
               errExitEN(rc, "pthread_getname_np");
           printf("The thread name after setting it is %s.\n", thread_name);

           rc = pthread_join(thread, NULL);
           if (rc != 0)
               errExitEN(rc, "pthread_join");


       prctl(2), pthread_create(3), pthreads(7)

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Linux                              2021-03-22              PTHREAD_SETNAME_NP(3)