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Bug 115045 - pthread_attr_setschedparam/policy does not work in NPTL
pthread_attr_setschedparam/policy does not work in NPTL
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: glibc (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jakub Jelinek
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2004-02-05 15:57 EST by abhijeet bisain
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-09-28 06:17:56 EDT
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Description abhijeet bisain 2004-02-05 15:57:49 EST
Description of problem:
I am running Fedora core one with kernel : 
2.4.22-1.2149.nptl #1 Wed Jan 7 13:08:26 EST 2004 i686
I am using the LD_ASSUME_KERNEL env variable to switch between 
Linuxthreads and NPTL.

What I see in NPTL is that if I create a pthread_attr object, set the 
sched_policy and sched_param in it so SCHED_FIFO and priority to say 
10, and then create a thread with this attr, the thread is actually 
not created with the correct policy and priority.

I check this by calling pthread_getschedparam, and this returns 
policy=0 and priority=0. 

But when I use Linuxthreads, this works as expected.

If inside the new thread, I call pthread_setschedparam, then 
pthread_getschedparam returns the correct values, both with 
Linuxthreads and NPTL.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run the following code
Following code will reproduce the problem:

#include <pthread.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/time.h>

#define HI_PRI 20
int who_started = -1;

int taskSpawn( int prio, void *(*start_routine)(void *)) 
	pthread_t spawner_id;
	pthread_attr_t spawner_attr;
	struct sched_param spawner_sched_param;
	if ( pthread_attr_init(&spawner_attr) != 0 )
		return -1;
	if(pthread_attr_setschedpolicy( &spawner_attr, SCHED_RR) != 
                return -1;
        if(pthread_attr_getschedparam(&spawner_attr, & 
spawner_sched_param) != 0)
                return -1;
	spawner_sched_param.sched_priority = prio;
&spawner_sched_param) != 0)
                perror("setschedparam ");
                return -1;
	if (pthread_create(&spawner_id, &spawner_attr, 
start_routine, NULL) != 0)
                perror("pthread_create locker");
                return -1;
	return spawner_id;

void * high(void *tmp)
	if ( who_started == -1 )
		who_started = 1;
	struct sched_param hisched_param;
	hisched_param.sched_priority = HI_PRI;
	int policy;
	if ( pthread_getschedparam(pthread_self(), &policy, 
&hisched_param) != 0 )
		return NULL;
	printf("Thread's priority = %d, policy = %d\n", 
hisched_param.sched_priority, policy);

void * spawner(void *tmp)
	pthread_t hi_t, low_t;

	hi_t = taskSpawn(HI_PRI, high);
	if ( who_started == -1 )
		who_started = 3;

	if( pthread_join(hi_t, NULL) != 0 )

int main()
	pthread_t spawner_id;

	spawner_id = taskSpawn(HI_PRI + 5, spawner);
	if( pthread_join(spawner_id, NULL) != 0 )
	printf("Who started = %d\n", who_started);

Actual results:
Thread's priority = 0, policy = 0
Who started = 1

Expected results:
Thread's priority = 20, policy = 2
Who started = 3

Additional info:
Comment 1 Ulrich Drepper 2004-09-28 06:17:56 EDT
Your test program is buggy.  You rely on the setinheritsched flag to
be PTHREAD_EXPLICIT_SCHED by default.  This is not guaranteed, read
the standard.  It has been the case in LT, but it is not with NPTL.

If you use a recent enough glibc and add a line like

pthread_attr_setinheritsched(&spawner_attr, PTHREAD_EXPLICIT_SCHED);

You'll get the result you want.
Comment 2 Pratik Solanki 2005-02-02 13:02:34 EST
Well in that case, at least the man page should change.

"man pthread_attr_setinheritsched" says


and "man 3p pthread_attr_setinheritsched" does not make any mention of
what the default is.

Also, can you point me to the part of the POSIX spec that says that
the default should be PTHREAD_INHERIT_SCHED. I looked and it seemed to
me that spec did not specify any default. If that is the case then why
change the default in nptl?
Comment 3 Jakub Jelinek 2005-02-06 15:00:30 EST
The manual page states it documents LinuxThreads.
Comment 4 robert king 2005-04-12 22:43:04 EDT
I add this line,

pthread_attr_setinheritsched(&spawner_attr, PTHREAD_EXPLICIT_SCHED);

but the created thread run with the policy SCHED_OTHER!

I debug the program, it seems pthread_attr_setinheritsched does not work correct.

Am I right?

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