PTHREAD_RWLOCKATTR_SETKIND_Library Functions MPTHREAD_RWLOCKATTR_SETKIND_NP(3)
pthread_rwlockattr_setkind_np, pthread_rwlockattr_getkind_np - set/get
the read-write lock kind of the thread read-write lock attribute object
int pthread_rwlockattr_setkind_np(pthread_rwlockattr_t *attr,
int pthread_rwlockattr_getkind_np(const pthread_rwlockattr_t *attr,
Compile and link with -pthread.
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
_XOPEN_SOURCE >= 500 || _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200809L
The pthread_rwlockattr_setkind_np() function sets the "lock kind"
attribute of the read-write lock attribute object referred to by attr
to the value specified in pref. The argument pref may be set to one of
This is the default. A thread may hold multiple read locks;
that is, read locks are recursive. According to The Single Unix
Specification, the behavior is unspecified when a reader tries
to place a lock, and there is no write lock but writers are
waiting. Giving preference to the reader, as is set by
PTHREAD_RWLOCK_PREFER_READER_NP, implies that the reader will
receive the requested lock, even if a writer is waiting. As
long as there are readers, the writer will be starved.
This is intended as the write lock analog of PTHREAD_RWLOCK_PRE-
FER_READER_NP. But see BUGS.
Setting the lock kind to this avoids writer starvation as long
as any read locking is not done in a recursive fashion.
The pthread_rwlockattr_getkind_np() function returns the value of the
lock kind attribute of the read-write lock attribute object referred to
by attr in the pointer pref.
On success, these functions return 0. Given valid pointer arguments,
pthread_rwlockattr_getkind_np() always succeeds. On error,
pthread_rwlockattr_setkind_np() returns a nonzero error number.
EINVAL pref specifies an unsupported value.
The pthread_rwlockattr_getkind_np() and pthread_rwlockattr_setkind_np()
functions first appeared in glibc 2.1.
These functions are non-standard GNU extensions; hence the suffix "_np"
(non-portable) in the names.
Setting the value read-write lock kind to PTHREAD_RWLOCK_PRE-
FER_WRITER_NP results in the same behavior as setting the value to
PTHREAD_RWLOCK_PREFER_READER_NP. As long as a reader thread holds the
lock, the thread holding a write lock will be starved. Setting the
lock kind to PTHREAD_RWLOCK_PREFER_WRITER_NONRECURSIVE_NP allows writ-
ers to run, but, as the name implies a writer may not lock recursively.
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