NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for pthread_atfork (netbsd section 3)
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PTHREAD_ATFORK(3) BSD Library Functions Manual PTHREAD_ATFORK(3)
pthread_atfork -- register handlers to be called when process forks
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
pthread_atfork(void (*prepare)(void), void (*parent)(void), void (*child)(void));
The pthread_atfork() function registers the provided handler functions to be called when the
fork(2) function is called. Each of the three handlers is called at a different place in
the fork(2) sequence. The prepare handler is called in the parent process before the fork
happens, the parent handler is called in the parent process after the fork has happened, and
the child handler is called in the child process after the fork has happened. The parent
and child handlers are called in the order in which they were registered, while the prepare
handlers are called in reverse of the order in which they were registered.
Any of the handlers given may be NULL.
The intended use of pthread_atfork() is to provide a consistent state to a child process
from a multithreaded parent process where locks may be acquired and released asynchronously
with respect to the fork(2) call. Each subsystem with locks that are used in a child
process should register handlers with pthread_atfork() that acquires those locks in the
prepare handler and releases them in the parent handler.
The pthread_atfork() function returns 0 on success and an error number on failure.
The following error code may be returned:
[ENOMEM] Insufficient memory exists to register the fork handlers.
The pthread_atfork() function conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1c-1995 (``POSIX.1'').
The pthread_atfork() function first appeared in NetBSD 2.0.
After calling fork(2) from a multithreaded process, it is only safe to call async-signal-
safe functions until calling one of the exec(3) functions. The pthread_*() functions are
not async-signal-safe, so it is not safe to use such functions in the child handler.
There is no way to unregister a handler registered with pthread_atfork().
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