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IEEE Standards Interpretation for IEEE Std 1003.1™-2001 IEEE Standard Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX®)

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Interpretation Request #61
Topic: sched_setscheduler() Relevant Sections: XSH sched_setscheduler() Page: 1615 Line: 50182,50190 Section: waitid()

In the specification of sched_setparam(), there is the statement:

The target process, whether it is running or not running, shall be moved to the tail of the thread list for its priority.

However, there is no analogous statement is the specification of sched_setscheduler(). Is this an oversight -- should there be such a specification? Or failing this, should there be a rationale statement about why there is a difference between sched_setparam() and sched_setscheduler()?

On the one implementation that I have tested (Linux), sched_setscheduler() does indeed behave like sched_setparam(), moving the target proces to the tail of the queue, even if its scheduling priority (and policy) are not actually changed by the call.

However, I note that the man pages for FreeBSD 5.1, Tru64 5.1, and Solaris 8 all mirror the SUSv3 specification. For example, from the Solaris 8 sched_setparam() man page:

The target process, whether it is running or not running, resumes execution after all other runnable processes of equal or greater priority have been scheduled to run.

On these systems, the sched_setparam() man page describes the above behaviour, while the sched_setscheduler() man page is silent on this point. This makes me wonder about the behavior on these systems, and whether I may be incorrect to suggest amending the sched_setscheduler() specification to say that the target process should be moved to the tail of the queue. If that is so, perhaps it would be useful to add text to sched_setscheduler() to explicitly note that this point is unspecified (and perhaps why).

Interpretation Response #61
The standard does not speak to this issue, and as such no conformance distinction can be made between alternative implementations based on this. This is being referred to the sponsor.

Rationale for Interpretation
None.