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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 #57
Topic: pthread_attr_getstackaddr, stackaddr attribute unset Relevant Sections: XSH pthread_attr_getstackaddr Page: 1012 Line: 32362

There appears to be differing behavior amongst implementations for what happens on the following call sequence:

rval = pthread_attr_init( &attr );
...
rval = pthread_attr_getstackaddr( &attr, &addr );

The description of pthread_attr_init states: "The pthread_attr_init() function shall initialize a thread attributes object attr with the default value for all of the individual attributes used by a given implementation."

On many implementations the call to pthread_attr_getstackaddr() succeeds.

One implementation we have recently come up against returns rval == EINVAL for this case and will only succeed if there has been a prior call to pthread_attr_setstackaddr().
(1)Is this alternative behavior conforming?

(2)If conforming, is the use of EINVAL appropriate given that TC2 has added an EINVAL for invalid attributes and the attributes in this case are valid due to the prior call to pthread_attr_init().

If the behavior is deemed conforming,consider revising the wording to note that a call to thread_attr_getstackaddr() may fail without a prior call to pthread_attr_setstackaddr() and add an appropriate error condition.

Interpretation Response #57
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.