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SET_TID_ADDRESS

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (2)
Updated: 2004-09-10
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NAME

set_tid_address - set pointer to thread ID  

SYNOPSIS

#include <linux/unistd.h>

long set_tid_address(int *tidptr);
 

DESCRIPTION

The kernel keeps for each process two values called set_child_tid and clear_child_tid that are NULL by default.  

set_child_tid

If a process is started using clone(2) with the CLONE_CHILD_SETTID flag, set_child_tid is set to child_tidptr, the fifth parameter of that system call.

When set_child_tid is set, the very first thing the new process does is writing its PID at this address.  

clear_child_tid

If a process is started using clone(2) with the CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID flag, clear_child_tid is set to child_tidptr, the fifth parameter of that system call.

The system call set_tid_address() sets the clear_child_tid value for the calling process to tidptr.

When clear_child_tid is set, and the process exits, and the process was sharing memory with other processes or threads, then 0 is written at this address, and a futex(child_tidptr, FUTEX_WAKE, 1, NULL, NULL, 0); call is done. (That is, wake a single process waiting on this futex.) Errors are ignored.  

RETURN VALUE

set_tid_address() always returns the PID of the calling process.  

ERRORS

set_tid_address() always succeeds.  

VERSIONS

This call is present since Linux 2.5.48. Details as given here are valid since Linux 2.5.49.  

CONFORMING TO

This system call is Linux specific.  

SEE ALSO

clone(2), futex(2)


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
set_child_tid
clear_child_tid
RETURN VALUE
ERRORS
VERSIONS
CONFORMING TO
SEE ALSO




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