pthread_attr_getguardsize

       size attribute in thread attributes object

SYNOPSIS
       #include <pthread.h>

       int pthread_attr_setguardsize(pthread_attr_t *attr, size_t guardsize);
       int pthread_attr_getguardsize(pthread_attr_t *attr, size_t *guardsize);

       Compile and link with -pthread.

DESCRIPTION
       The pthread_attr_setguardsize() function sets the guard size  attribute
       of the thread attributes object referred to by attr to the value speci-
       fied in guardsize.

       If guardsize is greater than 0, then for each new thread created  using
       attr  the  system  allocates an additional region of at least guardsize
       bytes at the end of the thread's stack to act as the guard area for the
       stack (but see BUGS).

       If  guardsize  is 0, then new threads created with attr will not have a
       guard area.

       The default guard size is the same as the system page size.

       If  the  stack  address  attribute  has  been  set   in   attr   (using
       pthread_attr_setstack(3) or pthread_attr_setstackaddr(3)), meaning that
       the caller is allocating  the  thread's  stack,  then  the  guard  size
       attribute is ignored (i.e., no guard area is created by the system): it
       is the application's responsibility to handle stack  overflow  (perhaps
       by  using mprotect(2) to manually define a guard area at the end of the
       stack that it has allocated).

       The  pthread_attr_getguardsize()  function  returns  the   guard   size
       attribute  of  the  thread attributes object referred to by attr in the
       buffer pointed to by guardsize.

RETURN VALUE
       On success, these functions return 0; on error, they return  a  nonzero
       error number.

ERRORS
       POSIX.1-2001 documents an EINVAL error if attr or guardsize is invalid.
       On Linux these functions always succeed (but portable and  future-proof
       applications should nevertheless handle a possible error return).

VERSIONS
       These functions are provided by glibc since version 2.1.

CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2001.

NOTES
       A  guard  area  consists  of virtual memory pages that are protected to
       Choosing a guard size larger than the default size may be necessary for
       detecting  stack  overflows if a thread allocates large data structures
       on the stack.

BUGS
       As at glibc 2.8, the NPTL threading implementation includes  the  guard
       area  within  the  stack  size allocation, rather than allocating extra
       space at the end of the stack, as POSIX.1 requires.  (This  can  result
       in  an  EINVAL  error from pthread_create(3) if the guard size value is
       too large, leaving no space for the actual stack.)

       The obsolete LinuxThreads implementation did the right thing,  allocat-
       ing extra space at the end of the stack for the guard area.

EXAMPLE
       See pthread_getattr_np(3).

SEE ALSO
       mmap(2),  mprotect(2),  pthread_attr_init(3), pthread_attr_setstack(3),
       pthread_attr_setstacksize(3), pthread_create(3), pthreads(7)

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