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PTHREAD_KILL

PTHREAD_KILL

Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (P) Updated: 2003
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NAME

pthread_kill - send a signal to a thread  

SYNOPSIS

#include <signal.h>

int pthread_kill(pthread_t thread, int sig);
 

DESCRIPTION

The pthread_kill() function shall request that a signal be delivered to the specified thread.

As in kill(), if sig is zero, error checking shall be performed but no signal shall actually be sent.  

RETURN VALUE

Upon successful completion, the function shall return a value of zero. Otherwise, the function shall return an error number. If the pthread_kill() function fails, no signal shall be sent.  

ERRORS

The pthread_kill() function shall fail if:

ESRCH
No thread could be found corresponding to that specified by the given thread ID.
EINVAL
The value of the sig argument is an invalid or unsupported signal number.

The pthread_kill() function shall not return an error code of [EINTR].

The following sections are informative.  

EXAMPLES

None.  

APPLICATION USAGE

The pthread_kill() function provides a mechanism for asynchronously directing a signal at a thread in the calling process. This could be used, for example, by one thread to affect broadcast delivery of a signal to a set of threads.

Note that pthread_kill() only causes the signal to be handled in the context of the given thread; the signal action (termination or stopping) affects the process as a whole.  

RATIONALE

None.  

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

None.  

SEE ALSO

kill() , pthread_self() , raise() , the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <signal.h>  

COPYRIGHT

Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
RETURN VALUE
ERRORS
EXAMPLES
APPLICATION USAGE
RATIONALE
FUTURE DIRECTIONS
SEE ALSO
COPYRIGHT

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