PTHREAD_DETACH(3P)        POSIX Programmer's Manual       PTHREAD_DETACH(3P)

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NAME         top

       pthread_detach — detach a thread

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pthread.h>

       int pthread_detach(pthread_t thread);

DESCRIPTION         top

       The pthread_detach() function shall indicate to the implementation
       that storage for the thread thread can be reclaimed when that thread
       terminates. If thread has not terminated, pthread_detach() shall not
       cause it to terminate.

       The behavior is undefined if the value specified by the thread
       argument to pthread_detach() does not refer to a joinable thread.

RETURN VALUE         top

       If the call succeeds, pthread_detach() shall return 0; otherwise, an
       error number shall be returned to indicate the error.

ERRORS         top

       The pthread_detach() function shall not return an error code of

       The following sections are informative.

EXAMPLES         top




RATIONALE         top

       The pthread_join() or pthread_detach() functions should eventually be
       called for every thread that is created so that storage associated
       with the thread may be reclaimed.

       It has been suggested that a ``detach'' function is not necessary;
       the detachstate thread creation attribute is sufficient, since a
       thread need never be dynamically detached. However, need arises in at
       least two cases:

        1. In a cancellation handler for a pthread_join() it is nearly
           essential to have a pthread_detach() function in order to detach
           the thread on which pthread_join() was waiting. Without it, it
           would be necessary to have the handler do another pthread_join()
           to attempt to detach the thread, which would both delay the
           cancellation processing for an unbounded period and introduce a
           new call to pthread_join(), which might itself need a
           cancellation handler. A dynamic detach is nearly essential in
           this case.

        2. In order to detach the ``initial thread'' (as may be desirable in
           processes that set up server threads).

       If an implementation detects that the value specified by the thread
       argument to pthread_detach() does not refer to a joinable thread, it
       is recommended that the function should fail and report an [EINVAL]

       If an implementation detects use of a thread ID after the end of its
       lifetime, it is recommended that the function should fail and report
       an [ESRCH] error.



SEE ALSO         top


       The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, pthread.h(0p)

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