The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7
IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition
Copyright © 2001-2013 The IEEE and The Open Group


pthread_rwlockattr_getpshared, pthread_rwlockattr_setpshared - get and set the process-shared attribute of the read-write lock attributes object


[TSH] [Option Start] #include <pthread.h>

int pthread_rwlockattr_getpshared(const pthread_rwlockattr_t
attr, int *restrict pshared);
int pthread_rwlockattr_setpshared(pthread_rwlockattr_t *
pshared); [Option End]


The pthread_rwlockattr_getpshared() function shall obtain the value of the process-shared attribute from the initialized attributes object referenced by attr. The pthread_rwlockattr_setpshared() function shall set the process-shared attribute in an initialized attributes object referenced by attr.

The process-shared attribute shall be set to PTHREAD_PROCESS_SHARED to permit a read-write lock to be operated upon by any thread that has access to the memory where the read-write lock is allocated, even if the read-write lock is allocated in memory that is shared by multiple processes. If the process-shared attribute is PTHREAD_PROCESS_PRIVATE, the read-write lock shall only be operated upon by threads created within the same process as the thread that initialized the read-write lock; if threads of differing processes attempt to operate on such a read-write lock, the behavior is undefined. The default value of the process-shared attribute shall be PTHREAD_PROCESS_PRIVATE.

Additional attributes, their default values, and the names of the associated functions to get and set those attribute values are implementation-defined.

The behavior is undefined if the value specified by the attr argument to pthread_rwlockattr_getpshared() or pthread_rwlockattr_setpshared() does not refer to an initialized read-write lock attributes object.


Upon successful completion, the pthread_rwlockattr_getpshared() function shall return zero and store the value of the process-shared attribute of attr into the object referenced by the pshared parameter. Otherwise, an error number shall be returned to indicate the error.

If successful, the pthread_rwlockattr_setpshared() function shall return zero; otherwise, an error number shall be returned to indicate the error.


The pthread_rwlockattr_setpshared() function may fail if:

The new value specified for the attribute is outside the range of legal values for that attribute.

These functions shall not return an error code of [EINTR].

The following sections are informative.










pthread_rwlock_destroy, pthread_rwlockattr_destroy

XBD <pthread.h>


First released in Issue 5.

Issue 6

The following changes are made for alignment with IEEE Std 1003.1j-2000:

The restrict keyword is added to the pthread_rwlockattr_getpshared() prototype for alignment with the ISO/IEC 9899:1999 standard.

Issue 7

The pthread_rwlockattr_getpshared() and pthread_rwlockattr_setpshared() functions are moved from the Threads option.

The [EINVAL] error for an uninitialized read-write lock attributes object is removed; this condition results in undefined behavior.

End of informative text.


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