pthread_cond_wait(3C) Standard C Library Functions pthread_cond_wait(3C)
pthread_cond_wait, pthread_cond_timedwait, pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np - wait on a condition
cc -mt [ flag... ] file... -lpthread [ library... ]
int pthread_cond_wait(pthread_cond_t *restrict cond,
pthread_mutex_t *restrict mutex);
int pthread_cond_timedwait(pthread_cond_t *restrict cond,
pthread_mutex_t *restrict mutex,
const struct timespec *restrict abstime);
int pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np(pthread_cond_t *cond,
pthread_mutex_t *mutex, const struct timespec *reltime);
The pthread_cond_wait(), pthread_cond_timedwait(), and pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np() functions are used to block on a condition variable.
They are called with mutex locked by the calling thread or undefined behavior will result.
These functions atomically release mutex and cause the calling thread to block on the condition variable cond. Atomically here means
``atomically with respect to access by another thread to the mutex and then the condition variable." That is, if another thread is able to
acquire the mutex after the about-to-block thread has released it, then a subsequent call to pthread_cond_signal() or pthread_cond_broad-
cast() in that thread behaves as if it were issued after the about-to-block thread has blocked.
Upon successful return, the mutex has been locked and is owned by the calling thread. If mutex is a robust mutex where an owner terminated
while holding the lock and the state is recoverable, the mutex is acquired even though the function returns an error value.
When using condition variables there is always a boolean predicate, an invariant, associated with each condition wait that must be true
before the thread should proceed. Spurious wakeups from the pthread_cond_wait(), pthread_cond_timedwait(), or pthread_cond_reltimed-
wait_np() functions could occur. Since the return from pthread_cond_wait(), pthread_cond_timedwait(), or pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np()
does not imply anything about the value of this predicate, the predicate should always be reevaluated.
The order in which blocked threads are awakened by pthread_cond_signal() or pthread_cond_broadcast() is determined by the scheduling pol-
icy. See pthreads(5).
The effect of using more than one mutex for concurrent pthread_cond_wait(), pthread_cond_timedwait(), or pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np()
operations on the same condition variable will result in undefined behavior.
A condition wait (whether timed or not) is a cancellation point. When the cancelability enable state of a thread is set to PTHREAD_CAN-
CEL_DEFERRED, a side effect of acting upon a cancellation request while in a condition wait is that the mutex is reacquired before calling
the first cancellation cleanup handler.
A thread that has been unblocked because it has been canceled while blocked in a call to pthread_cond_wait() or pthread_cond_timedwait()
does not consume any condition signal that may be directed concurrently at the condition variable if there are other threads blocked on the
The pthread_cond_timedwait() function is the same as pthread_cond_wait() except that an error is returned if the absolute time specified by
abstime passes (that is, system time equals or exceeds abstime) before the condition cond is signaled or broadcast, or if the absolute time
specified by abstime has already been passed at the time of the call. The abstime argument is of type struct timespec, defined in
time.h(3HEAD). When such time-outs occur, pthread_cond_timedwait() will nonetheless release and reacquire the mutex referenced by mutex.
The function pthread_cond_timedwait() is also a cancellation point.
The pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np() function is a non-standard extension provided by the Solaris version of POSIX threads as indicated by
the ``_np'' (non-portable) suffix. The pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np() function is the same as pthread_cond_timedwait() except that the rel-
time argument specifies a non-negative time relative to the current system time rather than an absolute time. The reltime argument is of
type struct timespec, defined in time.h(3HEAD). An error value is returned if the relative time passes (that is, system time equals or
exceeds the starting system time plus the relative time) before the condition cond is signaled or broadcast. When such timeouts occur,
pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np() releases and reacquires the mutex referenced by mutex. The pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np() function is also
a cancellation point.
If a signal is delivered to a thread waiting for a condition variable, upon return from the signal handler the thread resumes waiting for
the condition variable as if it was not interrupted, or it returns 0 due to spurious wakeup.
Except in the case of ETIMEDOUT, EOWNERDEAD, or ENOTRECOVERABLE, all of these error checks act as if they were performed immediately at the
beginning of processing for the function and cause an error return, in effect, prior to modifying the state of the mutex specified by mutex
or the condition variable specified by cond.
Upon successful completion, 0 is returned. Otherwise, an error value is returned to indicate the error.
These functions will fail if:
EPERM The mutex type is PTHREAD_MUTEX_ERRORCHECK or the mutex is a robust mutex, and the current thread does not own the mutex.
The pthread_cond_timedwait() function will fail if:
ETIMEDOUT The absolute time specified by abstime to pthread_cond_timedwait() has passed.
The pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np() function will fail if:
EINVAL The value specified by reltime is invalid.
ETIMEDOUT The relative time specified by reltime to pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np() has passed.
These functions may fail if:
EINVAL The value specified by cond, mutex, abstime, or reltime is invalid.
EINVAL Different mutexes were supplied for concurrent operations on the same condition variable.
If the mutex specified by mutex is a robust mutex (initialized with the robustness attribute PTHREAD_MUTEX_ROBUST), the
pthread_cond_wait(), pthread_cond_timedwait(), and pthread_cond_reltimedwait_np() functions will, under the specified conditions, return
the following error values. For complete information, see the pthread_mutex_lock(3C) and pthread_mutexattr_setrobust(3C) manual pages.
EOWNERDEAD The last owner of this mutex died while holding the mutex, leaving the state it was protecting possibly inconsistent.
The mutex is now owned by the caller.
ENOTRECOVERABLE The mutex was protecting state that has now been left irrecoverable. The mutex has not been acquired.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
|Interface Stability |Standard |
|MT-Level |MT-Safe |
pthread_cond_signal(3C), pthread_cond_broadcast(3C), pthread_mutex_lock(3C), pthread_mutexattr_getrobust(3C), time.h(3HEAD), attributes(5),
condition(5), pthreads(5), standards(5)
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