PTHREAD_EXIT(3)            Linux Programmer's Manual           PTHREAD_EXIT(3)

       pthread_exit - terminate calling thread

       #include <pthread.h>

       void pthread_exit(void *retval);

       Compile and link with -pthread.

       The pthread_exit() function terminates the calling thread and returns a
       value via retval that (if the thread is joinable) is available  to  an-
       other thread in the same process that calls pthread_join(3).

       Any  clean-up handlers established by pthread_cleanup_push(3) that have
       not yet been popped, are popped (in the reverse of the order  in  which
       they  were pushed) and executed.  If the thread has any thread-specific
       data, then, after the clean-up handlers have been executed, the  corre-
       sponding destructor functions are called, in an unspecified order.

       When a thread terminates, process-shared resources (e.g., mutexes, con-
       dition variables, semaphores, and file descriptors) are  not  released,
       and functions registered using atexit(3) are not called.

       After  the  last thread in a process terminates, the process terminates
       as by calling exit(3) with an exit status of zero; thus, process-shared
       resources  are  released  and  functions registered using atexit(3) are

       This function does not return to the caller.

       This function always succeeds.

       For an  explanation  of  the  terms  used  in  this  section,  see  at-

       |Interface      | Attribute     | Value   |
       |pthread_exit() | Thread safety | MT-Safe |
       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

       Performing  a  return  from the start function of any thread other than
       the main thread results in an implicit call  to  pthread_exit(),  using
       the function's return value as the thread's exit status.

       To  allow  other  threads to continue execution, the main thread should
       terminate by calling pthread_exit() rather than exit(3).

       The value pointed to by retval should not be  located  on  the  calling
       thread's  stack,  since  the contents of that stack are undefined after
       the thread terminates.

       Currently, there are limitations in the kernel implementation logic for
       wait(2)ing  on  a stopped thread group with a dead thread group leader.
       This can manifest in problems such as a locked terminal if a stop  sig-
       nal  is  sent to a foreground process whose thread group leader has al-
       ready called pthread_exit().

       pthread_create(3), pthread_join(3), pthreads(7)

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