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developerWorks: Basic Use of pthreads

Feb 05, 2004, 06:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Seebach)

"Outside of Anne McCaffrey's writing in the Dragonriders of Pern series of novels, the word 'thread' is most feared by programmers. Threads, sometimes called lightweight processes, are associated with gigantic, complicated projects. Library functions have dire warnings that they may not be 'thread safe.' But what are these 'threads?' What do you use them for? What are the risks?

"This article introduces threading with a simple threaded application. The threading model used is the POSIX threading interface, often called pthreads. Instructions are based on SuSE Linux 8.2. The code has been tested on both SuSE Linux 8.2 and a recent build of NetBSD-current..."

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