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pthread_kill_other_threads_np - terminate all other threads in process
pthread_kill_other_threads_np() only has an effect in the LinuxThreads threading implemen-
tation. On that implementation, calling this function causes the immediate termination of
all threads in the application, except the calling thread. The cancellation state and
cancellation type of the to-be-terminated threads are ignored, and the cleanup handlers
are not called in those threads.
This function is a nonstandard GNU extension.
pthread_kill_other_threads_np() is intended to be called just before a thread calls
execve(2) or a similar function. This function is designed to address a limitation in the
obsolete LinuxThreads implementation whereby the other threads of an application are not
automatically terminated (as POSIX.1-2001 requires) during execve(2).
In the NPTL threading implementation, pthread_kill_other_threads_np() exists, but does
nothing. (Nothing needs to be done, because the implementation does the right thing dur-
ing an execve(2).)
execve(2), pthread_setcancelstate(3), pthread_setcanceltype(3), pthread_cancel(3),
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