The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6
IEEE Std 1003.1, 2004 Edition
Copyright © 2001-2004 The IEEE and The Open Group, All Rights reserved.
A newer edition of this document exists here


pthread_rwlock_timedwrlock - lock a read-write lock for writing


[THR TMO] [Option Start] #include <pthread.h>
#include <time.h>

int pthread_rwlock_timedwrlock(pthread_rwlock_t *restrict
       const struct timespec *restrict
abs_timeout); [Option End]


The pthread_rwlock_timedwrlock() function shall apply a write lock to the read-write lock referenced by rwlock as in the pthread_rwlock_wrlock() function. However, if the lock cannot be acquired without waiting for other threads to unlock the lock, this wait shall be terminated when the specified timeout expires. The timeout shall expire when the absolute time specified by abs_timeout passes, as measured by the clock on which timeouts are based (that is, when the value of that clock equals or exceeds abs_timeout), or if the absolute time specified by abs_timeout has already been passed at the time of the call.

[TMR] [Option Start] If the Timers option is supported, the timeout shall be based on the CLOCK_REALTIME clock. [Option End] If the Timers option is not supported, the timeout shall be based on the system clock as returned by the time() function. The resolution of the timeout shall be the resolution of the clock on which it is based. The timespec data type is defined in the <time.h> header. Under no circumstances shall the function fail with a timeout if the lock can be acquired immediately. The validity of the abs_timeout parameter need not be checked if the lock can be immediately acquired.

If a signal that causes a signal handler to be executed is delivered to a thread blocked on a read-write lock via a call to pthread_rwlock_timedwrlock(), upon return from the signal handler the thread shall resume waiting for the lock as if it was not interrupted.

The calling thread may deadlock if at the time the call is made it holds the read-write lock. The results are undefined if this function is called with an uninitialized read-write lock.


The pthread_rwlock_timedwrlock() function shall return zero if the lock for writing on the read-write lock object referenced by rwlock is acquired. Otherwise, an error number shall be returned to indicate the error.


The pthread_rwlock_timedwrlock() function shall fail if:

The lock could not be acquired before the specified timeout expired.

The pthread_rwlock_timedwrlock() function may fail if:

A deadlock condition was detected or the calling thread already holds the rwlock.
The value specified by rwlock does not refer to an initialized read-write lock object, or the abs_timeout nanosecond value is less than zero or greater than or equal to 1000 million.

This function shall not return an error code of [EINTR].

The following sections are informative.




Applications using this function may be subject to priority inversion, as discussed in the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Section 3.285, Priority Inversion.

The pthread_rwlock_timedwrlock() function is part of the Threads and Timeouts options and need not be provided on all implementations.






pthread_rwlock_destroy(), pthread_rwlock_rdlock(), pthread_rwlock_timedrdlock(), pthread_rwlock_tryrdlock(), pthread_rwlock_trywrlock(), pthread_rwlock_unlock(), pthread_rwlock_wrlock(), the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <pthread.h>, <time.h>


First released in Issue 6. Derived from IEEE Std 1003.1j-2000.

IEEE Std 1003.1-2001/Cor 2-2004, item XSH/TC2/D6/103 is applied, updating the ERRORS section so that the [EDEADLK] error includes detection of a deadlock condition.

End of informative text.

UNIX ® is a registered Trademark of The Open Group.
POSIX ® is a registered Trademark of The IEEE.
[ Main Index | XBD | XCU | XSH | XRAT ]