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The Object of My Correction ... (Part 2)

January 31, 2011

The contention scope, scheduling policy and priority of a thread can be set by the attribute object (of my correction) of type pthread_attr_t. The attribute object sets the attributes specified at the time the thread or group of threads is created.Besides setting the scope, scheduling policy and priority, this object can set:

  • size of the thread's stack
  • location of the thread's stack
  • whether the thread is detached or joinable

The pthread_attr_t has several methods to set and retrieve these attributes. The attribute object is first initialized with the default values for all of the individual attributes used by a given implementation. Some implementations do not support the possible values for an attribute. Upon successful completion, pthread_attr_init ( ) will return a value of 0. If error number is returned this may indicate the value is not supported. For example, for contention scope, PTHREAD_SCOPE_PROCESS is not supported by the Linux environment. When calling:

int pthread_attr_setscope(pthread_attr_t *attr, int contentionscope);

will return an error code. The table list the default values for Linux and Solaris environment.

Table 1.

Table 2.

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