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

NAME         top

       pthread_spin_init,  pthread_spin_destroy  -  initialize  or destroy a
       spin lock

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pthread.h>

       int pthread_spin_init(pthread_spinlock_t *lock int pshared);
       int pthread_spin_destroy(pthread_spinlock_t *lock);

       Compile and link with -pthread.

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       pthread_spin_init(), pthread_spin_destroy():
           _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200112L

DESCRIPTION         top

       General note: Most programs should use mutexes instead of spin locks.
       Spin locks are primarily useful in conjunction with real-time
       scheduling policies.  See NOTES.

       The pthread_spin_init() function allocates any resources required for
       the use of the spin lock referred to by lock and initializes the lock
       to be in the unlocked state.  The pshared argument must have one of
       the following values:

              The spin lock is to be operated on only by threads in the same
              process as the thread that calls pthread_spin_init().
              (Attempting to share the spin lock between processes results
              in undefined behavior.)

              The spin lock may be operated on by any thread in any process
              that has access to the memory containing the lock (i.e., the
              lock may be in a shared memory object that is shared among
              multiple processes).

       Calling pthread_spin_init() on a spin lock that has already been
       initialized results in undefined behavior.

       The pthread_spin_destroy() function destroys a previously initialized
       spin lock, freeing any resources that were allocated for that lock.
       Destroying a spin lock that has not been previously been initialized
       or destroying a spin lock while another thread holds the lock results
       in undefined behavior.

       Once a spin lock has been destroyed, performing any operation on the
       lock other than once more initializing it with pthread_spin_init()
       results in undefined behavior.

       The result of performing operations such as pthread_spin_lock(3),
       pthread_spin_unlock(3), and pthread_spin_destroy(3) on copies of the
       object referred to by lock is undefined.

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success, there functions return zero.  On failure, they return an
       error number.  In the event that pthread_spin_init() fails, the lock
       is not initialized.

ERRORS         top

       pthread_spin_init() may fail with the following errors:

       EAGAIN The system has insufficient resources to initialize a new spin

       ENOMEM Insufficient memory to initialize the spin lock.

VERSIONS         top

       These functions first appeared in glibc in version 2.2.

CONFORMING TO         top


       Support for process-shared spin locks is a POSIX option.  The option
       is supported in the glibc implementation.

NOTES         top

       Spin locks should be employed in conjunction with real-time
       scheduling policies (SCHED_FIFO, or possibly SCHED_RR).  Use of spin
       locks with nondeterministic scheduling policies such as SCHED_OTHER
       probably indicates a design mistake.  The problem is that if a thread
       operating under such a policy is scheduled off the CPU while it holds
       a spin lock, then other threads will waste time spinning on the lock
       until the lock holder is once more rescheduled and releases the lock.

       If threads create a deadlock situation while employing spin locks,
       those threads will spin forever consuming CPU time.

       User-space spin locks are not applicable as a general locking
       solution.  They are, by definition, prone to priority inversion and
       unbounded spin times.  A programmer using spin locks must be
       exceptionally careful not only in the code, but also in terms of
       system configuration, thread placement, and priority assignment.

SEE ALSO         top

       pthread_mutex_init(3), pthread_mutex_lock(3), pthread_spin_lock(3),
       pthread_spin_unlock(3), pthreads(7)

COLOPHON         top

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