Garrett Cooper wrote:
Garrett Cooper wrote:
On Feb 7, 2007, at 1:51 PM, Steve Watt wrote:

In <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>,
 <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Just wondering:

If I was to try and join a pthread that already exited, would there be an error message output and/or errno set to an error value, or would a system hang?

Was the thread created with detach state set PTHREAD_CREATE_DETACHED or
PTHREAD_CREATE_JOINABLE?  If it was PTHREAD_CREATE_JOINABLE, has the
thread already been joined?

You should be able to join a thread that was created joinable, only once.
If you join it again, or join a thread that was created detached, the
results are unspecified in POSIX.  There is an error status that may
be returned, but it may do other bad things to your system.

Note that pthread_join doesn't set errno; it returns an error value
directly. I would never expect the system to hang, though the application
might.  If your application is hanging, make sure that you're not trying
to call pthread_join from within a signal handler.

It this variable on Unix OSes?

That the results are unspecified?  No.  What "unspecified" means?
Absolutely.
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I asked this because I was short on time and so was the person who asked me earlier. I'm going to try giving the pthread exit and join a shot just to see whether or not this is true or not and then I'll report my results to the list. Thanks for the insight though--hopefully my results will yield a solid positive or negative to this being a problem.
-Garrett

Under Suse Linux there were absolutely no errors when I tried to do this. I'll post a code snippet later.
-Garrett

Ok, here's a link to my code:

http://students.washington.edu/youshi10/posted/thread_test.c

My results (FreeBSD):

[EMAIL PROTECTED] /home/gcooper]# ./tt
Thread join detached
Thread kill detached
Joined thread yielded error code: 2
Trying to join the already joined thread yields error code: 0

My results (Suse Linux):

# ./tt
Thread join detached
Thread kill detached
Joined thread yielded error code: 0
Trying to join the already joined thread yields error code: 0

That was sure interesting.. is it supposed to error out or was it the remnant of an old error call?

Probably the latter, but I was just curious..

-Garrett
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