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Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:59:20 -0500
From: Rich Felker <>
To: James Marshall <>
Subject: Re: sched_* implemented?

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 11:32:34PM -0500, James Marshall wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm working on a realtime application and am trying to use musl. I would
> like to call sched_setscheduler, but it looks like this is just a stub in
> musl.
> However,
> has it marked as implemented. Am I missing something? Is there a patch
> available?
> If there is not, any idea of how difficult it would be for me to add it in?
> Or would I be better off using syscall directly instead?
> Your help and time is appreciated.

The reason it doesn't do anything is that Linux does not provide a way
to set scheduling parameters for a _process_, only for threads. The
sched_setscheduler syscall is documented as taking a pid but actually
takes a thread id and only operates on that thread. glibc just ignores
this and provides sched_* functions that do the wrong thing.

Fortunately there's an easy fix: use pthread_setschedparam, and
pthread_self to get the pthread_t value you need to pass to it.


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