pthread_attr_setdetachstate - Changes the detachstate attribute in the specified thread attributes object.
DECthreads POSIX 1003.1c Library (libpthread.so)
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IEEE Std 1003.1c-1995, POSIX System Application Program Interface
Thread attributes object to be modified. New value for the detachstate attribute. Valid values are as follows: This the default value. Threads are created in "undetached" state. The created thread is detached immediately, before it begins running.
This routine changes the detachstate attribute in the thread attributes object specified by the attr argument. The detachstate attribute specifies whether the thread created using the specified thread attributes object is created in a detached state or not. A value of PTHREAD_CREATE_JOINABLE indicates the thread is not detached, and a value of PTHREAD_CREATE_DETACHED indicates the thread is detached. PTHREAD_CREATE_JOINABLE is the default value.
Your program cannot use the thread handle (the value of type pthread_t that is returned by the pthread_create(3) routine) for a detached thread because the thread might terminate asynchronously, and a thread ID is not valid after termination. In particular, it is an error to attempt to detach or join with a detached thread.
When a thread that has not been detached completes execution, DECthreads retains the state of that thread to allow another thread to join with it. If the thread is detached before it completes execution, DECthreads is free to immediately reclaim the thread's storage and resources. Failing to detach threads that have completed execution can result in wasting resources, so threads should be detached as soon as the program is done with them. If there is no need to use the thread's handle after creation, create the thread initially detached.
If an error condition occurs, this routine returns an integer value indicating the type of error. Possible return values are as follows: Successful completion. The detached state attribute is returned in detachstate. The value specified by the detachstate argument is invalid.
Functions: pthread_attr_init(3), pthread_attr_getdetachstate(3), pthread_create(3), pthread_join(3)
Manuals: Guide to DECthreads and Programmer's Guide