pthread_setcanceltype - Sets the current thread's cancelability type.
DECthreads POSIX 1003.1c Library (libpthread.so)
Interfaces documented on this reference page conform to industry standards as follows:
IEEE Std 1003.1c-1995, POSIX System Application Program Interface
The cancelability type to set for the calling thread. The following are valid values: PTHREAD_CANCEL_DEFERRED PTHREAD_CANCEL_ASYNCHRONOUS The previous cancelability type.
This routine sets the cancelability type and returns the previous type in oldtype.
When the cancelability state is set to PTHREAD_CANCEL_DISABLE, (see pthread_setcancelstate), a cancel cannot be delivered to the thread, even if a cancelable routine is called or asynchronous cancelability type is enabled.
When the cancelability state is set to PTHREAD_CANCEL_ENABLE, cancelability depends on the thread's cancelability type. When the thread's cancelability state is PTHREAD_CANCEL_ENABLE and the thread's cancelability type is set to PTHREAD_CANCEL_DEFERRED, the thread can only receive a cancel at specific cancellation points (including condition waits, thread joins, and calls to pthread_testcancel.) If the thread's cancelability state is PTHREAD_CANCEL_ENABLE and its cancelability type is PTHREAD_CANCEL_ASYNCHRONOUS, the thread can be canceled at any point in its execution.
When a thread is created, the default cancelability type is PTHREAD_CANCEL_DEFERRED.
If the asynchronous cancelability type is set, do not call any routine unless it is explicitly documented as safe to be called with the asynchronous cancelability type. Note that none of the general run-time libraries and none of the DECthreads libraries are safe except for pthread_setcanceltype, pthread_setcancelstate, and cma_alert_restore.
The asynchronous cancelability type should only be used when you have a compute-bound section of code that carries no state and makes no routine calls.
On successful completion, this routine returns the previous cancelability type in oldtype.
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 specified type is not PTHREAD_CANCEL_DEFERRED or PTHREAD_CANCEL_ASYNCHRONOUS.
Functions: pthread_cancel(3), pthread_setcancelstate(3), pthread_testcancel(3)
Manuals: Guide to DECthreads and Programmer's Guide