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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2020 22:57:22 +0300
From: Alexander Scherbatiy <>
To:, Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: No such process return value in pthread_getcpuclockid

On 10.02.2020 22:34, Rich Felker wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 10:29:02PM +0300, Alexander Scherbatiy wrote:
>> Hello,
>> It seems that pthread_getcpuclockid does not properly handle non
>> valid thread id argument.
>> Below is a sample which calls pthread_getcpuclockid with NULL thread
>> id. The expected result is ESRCH (No thread with the ID thread could
>> be found). It crashes in my docker with Alpine Linux 3.11.3 (musl
>> libc x86_64 1.1.24). It returns ESRCH on my Ubuntu system.
> There's no such thing as a "null thread id". A pthread_t value is
> either the id of a thread which is still valid (still running or
> joinable and not yet joined), or *any* use of it produces undefined
> behavior. There is no value reserved for a sentinel. If you need an
> optional thread id variable/field, you need a separate validity flag
> alongside it.
> None of this is unique to musl; it's the way the POSIX threads
> interfaces are designed.

I can create a thread, join to it and use the thread id in 
pthread_getcpuclockid function after that.

The Linux Programmer's Manual has the following errors section: "ESRCH  
No thread with the ID thread could be found."

Does pthread_getcpuclockid function from musl follows the similar errors 
handling approach?



> Rich

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