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SubjectRe: [patch] clone_startup(), 2.5.31-A0
On Tue, Aug 13, 2002 at 09:01:56AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > First the name souns horrible. What about spawn_thread or create_thread
> > instead? it's not our good old clone and not a lookalike, it's some
> > pthreadish monster..
>
> This one definitely isn't a pthread-specific problem. The old UNIX fork()
> semantics for <pid> returning really are fairly broken, since the notion
> of returning the pid in a local register is inherently racy for _anything_
> that wants to maintain a list of its children and needs to access the list
> in the SIGCHLD handler.

The TLS setting makes it pretty pthread-specific, though (or at least
thread-specific). Also the fn parameter makes it very different from
both clone and fork. What about spawn() if you dislike a thread in the name?

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