pthread_attr_setstack(3) — Linux manual page


pthread_..._setstack(3) Library Functions Manual pthread_..._setstack(3)

NAME         top

       pthread_attr_setstack, pthread_attr_getstack - set/get stack
       attributes in thread attributes object

LIBRARY         top

       POSIX threads library (libpthread, -lpthread)

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pthread.h>

       int pthread_attr_setstack(pthread_attr_t *attr,
                                 void stackaddr[.stacksize],
                                 size_t stacksize);
       int pthread_attr_getstack(const pthread_attr_t *restrict attr,
                                 void **restrict stackaddr,
                                 size_t *restrict stacksize);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see

       pthread_attr_getstack(), pthread_attr_setstack():
           _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200112L

DESCRIPTION         top

       The pthread_attr_setstack() function sets the stack address and
       stack size attributes of the thread attributes object referred to
       by attr to the values specified in stackaddr and stacksize,
       respectively.  These attributes specify the location and size of
       the stack that should be used by a thread that is created using
       the thread attributes object attr.

       stackaddr should point to the lowest addressable byte of a buffer
       of stacksize bytes that was allocated by the caller.  The pages
       of the allocated buffer should be both readable and writable.

       The pthread_attr_getstack() function returns the stack address
       and stack size attributes of the thread attributes object
       referred to by attr in the buffers pointed to by stackaddr and
       stacksize, respectively.

RETURN VALUE         top

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

ERRORS         top

       pthread_attr_setstack() can fail with the following error:

       EINVAL stacksize is less than PTHREAD_STACK_MIN (16384) bytes.
              On some systems, this error may also occur if stackaddr or
              stackaddr + stacksize is not suitably aligned.

       POSIX.1 also documents an EACCES error if the stack area
       described by stackaddr and stacksize is not both readable and
       writable by the caller.

ATTRIBUTES         top

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see
       │ Interface                           Attribute     Value   │
       │ pthread_attr_setstack(),            │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │
       │ pthread_attr_getstack()             │               │         │

STANDARDS         top


HISTORY         top

       glibc 2.2.  POSIX.1-2001.

NOTES         top

       These functions are provided for applications that must ensure
       that a thread's stack is placed in a particular location.  For
       most applications, this is not necessary, and the use of these
       functions should be avoided.  (Use pthread_attr_setstacksize(3)
       if an application simply requires a stack size other than the

       When an application employs pthread_attr_setstack(), it takes
       over the responsibility of allocating the stack.  Any guard size
       value that was set using pthread_attr_setguardsize(3) is ignored.
       If deemed necessary, it is the application's responsibility to
       allocate a guard area (one or more pages protected against
       reading and writing) to handle the possibility of stack overflow.

       The address specified in stackaddr should be suitably aligned:
       for full portability, align it on a page boundary
       (sysconf(_SC_PAGESIZE)).  posix_memalign(3) may be useful for
       allocation.  Probably, stacksize should also be a multiple of the
       system page size.

       If attr is used to create multiple threads, then the caller must
       change the stack address attribute between calls to
       pthread_create(3); otherwise, the threads will attempt to use the
       same memory area for their stacks, and chaos will ensue.

EXAMPLES         top

       See pthread_attr_init(3).

SEE ALSO         top

       mmap(2), mprotect(2), posix_memalign(3), pthread_attr_init(3),
       pthread_attr_setguardsize(3), pthread_attr_setstackaddr(3),
       pthread_attr_setstacksize(3), pthread_create(3), pthreads(7)

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