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Arjan van de Ven wrote:

>On Thu, 2005-07-14 at 15:36 +0530, RVK wrote:
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>>>it doesn't return a number it returns a pointer ;) or a floating point
>>>number. You don't know :)
>>>
>>>what it returns is a *cookie*. A cookie that you can only use to pass
>>>back to various pthread functions.
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>>Hahaha......common. Please clarify following....
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>I'm missing the joke
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Its not a joke its a confusion created by the thread identifier.

>>SYNOPSIS
>> #include <pthread.h>
>>
>> pthread_t pthread_self(void);
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>>DESCRIPTION
>> pthread_self return the thread identifier for the calling thread.
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>*identifier*.
>It doesn't give a meaning beyond that, and if you look at other pthread
>manpages (say pthread_join) it just wants that identifier back. If you
>want to attach meaning to a thread identifier, please come up with a
>manpage/standard that actually defines the meaning of it.
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>>bits/pthreadtypes.h:150:typedef unsigned long int pthread_t;
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>and here you
>1) look at implementation details of your specific threading
>implementation and
>2) you prove that your analysis is wrong since the implementation you
>look at defines it as *unsigned* so it can't be negative. So what your
>app does is clearly wrong even within the implementation you look at.
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So then what is the meaning of that typedef and why its still there ?

>Other implementations are allowed to use different types for this. In
>fact, I'd be surprised if NPTL and LinuxThreads would have the same
>type... (they'll have the same size for ABI compat reasons of course,
>but type... not so sure).
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I haven't faced the same returns with 2.4.18. So why is it so with 2.6.x
kernels ? pthread_self() on 2.4.18 was returning the same as gettid()
with 2.6.x.

rvk

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