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Linux 2.6 - man page for pthread_getschedparam (linux section 3)


       pthread_setschedparam, pthread_getschedparam - set/get scheduling policy and parameters of
       a thread

       #include <pthread.h>

       pthread_setschedparam(pthread_t thread, int policy,
			     const struct sched_param *param);
       pthread_getschedparam(pthread_t thread, int *policy,
			     struct sched_param *param);

       Compile and link with -pthread.

       The pthread_setschedparam() function sets the scheduling  policy  and  parameters  of  the
       thread thread.

       policy  specifies  the new scheduling policy for thread.  The supported values for policy,
       and their semantics, are described in sched_setscheduler(2).

       The structure pointed to by param specifies the	new  scheduling  parameters  for  thread.
       Scheduling parameters are maintained in the following structure:

	   struct sched_param {
	       int sched_priority;     /* Scheduling priority */

       As  can be seen, only one scheduling parameter is supported.  For details of the permitted
       ranges for scheduling priorities in each scheduling policy, see sched_setscheduler(2).

       The pthread_getschedparam() function returns the scheduling policy and parameters  of  the
       thread  thread, in the buffers pointed to by policy and param, respectively.  The returned
       priority value is that set by the most recent  pthread_setschedparam(),	pthread_setsched-
       prio(3),  or  pthread_create(3) call that affected thread.  The returned priority does not
       reflect any temporary priority adjustments as a result of calls to  any	priority  inheri-
       tance or priority ceiling functions (see, for example, pthread_mutexattr_setprioceiling(3)
       and pthread_mutexattr_setprotocol(3)).

       On success, these functions return 0; on error, they return a nonzero  error  number.   If
       pthread_setschedparam()	fails,	the  scheduling  policy  and parameters of thread are not

       Both of these functions can fail with the following error:

       ESRCH  No thread with the ID thread could be found.

       pthread_setschedparam() may additionally fail with the following errors:

       EINVAL policy is not a recognized policy, or param does not make sense for the policy.

       EPERM  The caller does not have appropriate privileges to  set  the  specified  scheduling
	      policy and parameters.

       POSIX.1-2001  also documents an ENOTSUP ("attempt was made to set the policy or scheduling
       parameters to an unsupported value") error for pthread_setschedparam().


       For a description of the permissions required to, and the effect of, changing  a  thread's
       scheduling policy and priority, and details of the permitted ranges for priorities in each
       scheduling policy, see sched_setscheduler(2).

       The program below demonstrates the use of  pthread_setschedparam()  and	pthread_getsched-
       param(), as well as the use of a number of other scheduling-related pthreads functions.

       In the following run, the main thread sets its scheduling policy to SCHED_FIFO with a pri-
       ority of 10, and initializes a thread attributes object with a scheduling policy attribute
       of  SCHED_RR  and  a  scheduling  priority  attribute of 20.  The program then sets (using
       pthread_attr_setinheritsched(3)) the inherit scheduler attribute of the thread  attributes
       object  to  PTHREAD_EXPLICIT_SCHED,  meaning  that  threads  created using this attributes
       object should take their scheduling attributes from the	thread	attributes  object.   The
       program then creates a thread using the thread attributes object, and that thread displays
       its scheduling policy and priority.

	   $ su      # Need privilege to set real-time scheduling policies
	   # ./a.out -mf10 -ar20 -i e
	   Scheduler settings of main thread
	       policy=SCHED_FIFO, priority=10

	   Scheduler settings in 'attr'
	       policy=SCHED_RR, priority=20
	       inheritsched is EXPLICIT

	   Scheduler attributes of new thread
	       policy=SCHED_RR, priority=20

       In the above output, one can see that the scheduling policy and priority were  taken  from
       the values specified in the thread attributes object.

       The  next  run is the same as the previous, except that the inherit scheduler attribute is
       set to PTHREAD_INHERIT_SCHED, meaning that threads created  using  the  thread  attributes
       object  should  ignore  the  scheduling	attributes specified in the attributes object and
       instead take their scheduling attributes from the creating thread.

	   # ./a.out -mf10 -ar20 -i i
	   Scheduler settings of main thread
	       policy=SCHED_FIFO, priority=10

	   Scheduler settings in 'attr'
	       policy=SCHED_RR, priority=20
	       inheritsched is INHERIT

	   Scheduler attributes of new thread
	       policy=SCHED_FIFO, priority=10

       In the above output, one can see that the scheduling policy and priority were  taken  from
       the creating thread, rather than the thread attributes object.

       Note  that  if  we had omitted the -i i option, the output would have been the same, since
       PTHREAD_INHERIT_SCHED is the default for the inherit scheduler attribute.

   Program source

       /* pthreads_sched_test.c */

       #include <pthread.h>
       #include <stdio.h>
       #include <stdlib.h>
       #include <unistd.h>
       #include <errno.h>

       #define handle_error_en(en, msg) \
	       do { errno = en; perror(msg); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } while (0)

       static void
       usage(char *prog_name, char *msg)
	   if (msg != NULL)
	       fputs(msg, stderr);

	   fprintf(stderr, "Usage: %s [options]\n", prog_name);
	   fprintf(stderr, "Options are:\n");
       #define fpe(msg) fprintf(stderr, "\t%s", msg);	       /* Shorter */
	   fpe("-a<policy><prio> Set scheduling policy and priority in\n");
	   fpe("		 thread attributes object\n");
	   fpe("		 <policy> can be\n");
	   fpe("		     f	SCHED_FIFO\n");
	   fpe("		     r	SCHED_RR\n");
	   fpe("		     o	SCHED_OTHER\n");
	   fpe("-A		 Use default thread attributes object\n");
	   fpe("-i {e|s}	 Set inherit scheduler attribute to\n");
	   fpe("		 'explicit' or 'inherit'\n");
	   fpe("-m<policy><prio> Set scheduling policy and priority on\n");
	   fpe("		 main thread before pthread_create() call\n");

       static int
       get_policy(char p, int *policy)
	   switch (p) {
	   case 'f': *policy = SCHED_FIFO;     return 1;
	   case 'r': *policy = SCHED_RR;       return 1;
	   case 'o': *policy = SCHED_OTHER;    return 1;
	   default:  return 0;

       static void
       display_sched_attr(int policy, struct sched_param *param)
	   printf("    policy=%s, priority=%d\n",
		   (policy == SCHED_FIFO)  ? "SCHED_FIFO" :
		   (policy == SCHED_RR)    ? "SCHED_RR" :
		   (policy == SCHED_OTHER) ? "SCHED_OTHER" :

       static void
       display_thread_sched_attr(char *msg)
	   int policy, s;
	   struct sched_param param;

	   s = pthread_getschedparam(pthread_self(), &policy, &param);
	   if (s != 0)
	       handle_error_en(s, "pthread_getschedparam");

	   printf("%s\n", msg);
	   display_sched_attr(policy, &param);

       static void *
       thread_start(void *arg)
	   display_thread_sched_attr("Scheduler attributes of new thread");

	   return NULL;

       main(int argc, char *argv[])
	   int s, opt, inheritsched, use_null_attrib, policy;
	   pthread_t thread;
	   pthread_attr_t attr;
	   pthread_attr_t *attrp;
	   char *attr_sched_str, *main_sched_str, *inheritsched_str;
	   struct sched_param param;

	   /* Process command-line options */

	   use_null_attrib = 0;
	   attr_sched_str = NULL;
	   main_sched_str = NULL;
	   inheritsched_str = NULL;

	   while ((opt = getopt(argc, argv, "a:Ai:m:")) != -1) {
	       switch (opt) {
	       case 'a': attr_sched_str = optarg;      break;
	       case 'A': use_null_attrib = 1;	       break;
	       case 'i': inheritsched_str = optarg;    break;
	       case 'm': main_sched_str = optarg;      break;
	       default:  usage(argv[0], "Unrecognized option\n");

	   if (use_null_attrib &&
		   (inheritsched_str != NULL || attr_sched_str != NULL))
	       usage(argv[0], "Can't specify -A with -i or -a\n");

	   /* Optionally set scheduling attributes of main thread,
	      and display the attributes */

	   if (main_sched_str != NULL) {
	       if (!get_policy(main_sched_str[0], &policy))
		   usage(argv[0], "Bad policy for main thread (-s)\n");
	       param.sched_priority = strtol(&main_sched_str[1], NULL, 0);

	       s = pthread_setschedparam(pthread_self(), policy, &param);
	       if (s != 0)
		   handle_error_en(s, "pthread_setschedparam");

	   display_thread_sched_attr("Scheduler settings of main thread");

	   /* Initialize thread attributes object according to options */

	   attrp = NULL;

	   if (!use_null_attrib) {
	       s = pthread_attr_init(&attr);
	       if (s != 0)
		   handle_error_en(s, "pthread_attr_init");
	       attrp = &attr;

	   if (inheritsched_str != NULL) {
	       if (inheritsched_str[0] == 'e')
		   inheritsched = PTHREAD_EXPLICIT_SCHED;
	       else if (inheritsched_str[0] == 'i')
		   inheritsched = PTHREAD_INHERIT_SCHED;
		   usage(argv[0], "Value for -i must be 'e' or 'i'\n");

	       s = pthread_attr_setinheritsched(&attr, inheritsched);
	       if (s != 0)
		   handle_error_en(s, "pthread_attr_setinheritsched");

	   if (attr_sched_str != NULL) {
	       if (!get_policy(attr_sched_str[0], &policy))
			   "Bad policy for 'attr' (-a)\n");
	       param.sched_priority = strtol(&attr_sched_str[1], NULL, 0);

	       s = pthread_attr_setschedpolicy(&attr, policy);
	       if (s != 0)
		   handle_error_en(s, "pthread_attr_setschedpolicy");
	       s = pthread_attr_setschedparam(&attr, &param);
	       if (s != 0)
		   handle_error_en(s, "pthread_attr_setschedparam");

	   /* If we initialized a thread attributes object, display
	      the scheduling attributes that were set in the object */

	   if (attrp != NULL) {
	       s = pthread_attr_getschedparam(&attr, &param);
	       if (s != 0)
		   handle_error_en(s, "pthread_attr_getschedparam");
	       s = pthread_attr_getschedpolicy(&attr, &policy);
	       if (s != 0)
		   handle_error_en(s, "pthread_attr_getschedpolicy");

	       printf("Scheduler settings in 'attr'\n");
	       display_sched_attr(policy, &param);

	       s = pthread_attr_getinheritsched(&attr, &inheritsched);
	       printf("    inheritsched is %s\n",
		       (inheritsched == PTHREAD_INHERIT_SCHED)	? "INHERIT" :
		       (inheritsched == PTHREAD_EXPLICIT_SCHED) ? "EXPLICIT" :

	   /* Create a thread that will display its scheduling attributes */

	   s = pthread_create(&thread, attrp, &thread_start, NULL);
	   if (s != 0)
	       handle_error_en(s, "pthread_create");

	   /* Destroy unneeded thread attributes object */

	   s = pthread_attr_destroy(&attr);
	   if (s != 0)
	       handle_error_en(s, "pthread_attr_destroy");

	   s = pthread_join(thread, NULL);
	   if (s != 0)
	       handle_error_en(s, "pthread_join");


       getrlimit(2), sched_get_priority_min(2), sched_setscheduler(2), pthread_attr_init(3),
       pthread_attr_setinheritsched(3), pthread_attr_setschedparam(3),
       pthread_attr_setschedpolicy(3), pthread_create(3), pthread_self(3),
       pthread_setschedprio(3), pthreads(7)

       This page is part of release 3.55 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the
       project, and information about reporting bugs, can be found at

Linux					    2008-11-17			 PTHREAD_SETSCHEDPARAM(3)

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