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PTHREAD_RWLOCK_RDLOCK(3)                    DragonFly Library Functions Manual


pthread_rwlock_rdlock, pthread_rwlock_tryrdlock - acquire a read/write lock for reading


POSIX Threads Library (libpthread, -lpthread)


#include <pthread.h> int pthread_rwlock_rdlock(pthread_rwlock_t *lock); int pthread_rwlock_tryrdlock(pthread_rwlock_t *lock);


The pthread_rwlock_rdlock() function acquires a read lock on lock provided that lock is not presently held for writing and no writer threads are presently blocked on the lock. If the read lock cannot be immediately acquired, the calling thread blocks until it can acquire the lock. The pthread_rwlock_tryrdlock() function performs the same action, but does not block if the lock cannot be immediately obtained (i.e., the lock is held for writing or there are waiting writers). A thread may hold multiple concurrent read locks. If so, pthread_rwlock_unlock() must be called once for each lock obtained. The results of acquiring a read lock while the calling thread holds a write lock are undefined.


To prevent writer starvation, writers are favored over readers.


If successful, the pthread_rwlock_rdlock() and pthread_rwlock_tryrdlock() functions will return zero. Otherwise an error number will be returned to indicate the error.


The pthread_rwlock_tryrdlock() function will fail if: [EBUSY] The lock could not be acquired because a writer holds the lock or was blocked on it. The pthread_rwlock_rdlock() and pthread_rwlock_tryrdlock() functions may fail if: [EAGAIN] The lock could not be acquired because the maximum number of read locks against lock has been exceeded. [EDEADLK] The current thread already owns lock for writing. [EINVAL] The value specified by lock is invalid. [ENOMEM] Insufficient memory exists to initialize the lock (applies to statically initialized locks only).


pthread_rwlock_init(3), pthread_rwlock_trywrlock(3), pthread_rwlock_unlock(3), pthread_rwlock_wrlock(3)


The pthread_rwlock_rdlock() and pthread_rwlock_tryrdlock() functions are expected to conform to Version 2 of the Single UNIX Specification ("SUSv2").


The pthread_rwlock_rdlock() function first appeared in FreeBSD 3.0. DragonFly 5.9-DEVELOPMENT July 10, 2009 DragonFly 5.9-DEVELOPMENT

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