pthread_exit - terminate calling thread
#include <pthread.h> void pthread_exit(void *retval); Compile and link with -pthread.
The pthread_exit() function terminates the calling
thread and returns a value via
retval that (if the thread is
joinable) is available to another thread in the same process that calls
Any clean-up handlers established by pthread_cleanup_push(3) that have not yet been popped, are popped (in the reverse of the order in which they were pushed) and executed. If the thread has any thread-specific data, then, after the clean-up handlers have been executed, the corresponding destructor functions are called, in an unspecified order.
When a thread terminates, process-shared resources (e.g., mutexes, condition variables, semaphores, and file descriptors) are not released, and functions registered using atexit(3) are not called.
After the last thread in a process terminates, the process terminates as by calling exit(3) with an exit status of zero; thus, process-shared resources are released and functions registered using atexit(3) are called.
This function does not return to the caller.
This function always succeeds.
Performing a return from the start function of any thread other than the main thread results in an implicit call to pthread_exit(), using the function's return value as the thread's exit status.
The value pointed to by
retval should not be located on the
calling thread's stack, since the contents of that stack are undefined
after the thread terminates.
Currently, there are limitations in the kernel implementation logic for wait(2)ing on a stopped thread group with a dead thread group leader. This can manifest in problems such as a locked terminal if a stop signal is sent to a foreground process whose thread group leader has already called pthread_exit().
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