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Old 11-01-2008, 10:57 PM   #1
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What is thread id thread_t data type in ia64 platform

Recently I faced an issue with thread ID. I find whenever I create thread , it always gives me 64-bit long int. And always I find it can not be converted to 32-bit as it will truncate.

I read some topic in google, that thread ID is just not a long int, it can be pointer or structure .

May I know what exactly thread ID is in below platform type ?
Linux Node2 2.6.10-telco-1.46-mckinley-smp #1 SMP Fri May 30 18:29:43 UTC 2008 ia64 GNU/Linux

#include <linux/unistd.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <pthread.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#define NUM_THREADS 5

void *PrintHello(void *threadid)
int tid;
tid = (int)threadid;
printf("Hello World! It's me, thread %lu!\n", pthread_self());

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
pthread_t threads[NUM_THREADS];
int rc, t;
printf("In main: creating thread %d\n", t);
rc = pthread_create(&threads[t], NULL, PrintHello, (void *)t);
if (rc){
printf("ERROR; return code from pthread_create() is %d\n", rc);

In main: creating thread 0
In main: creating thread 1
Hello World! It's me, thread 2305843009225046224!
In main: creating thread 2
In main: creating thread 3
In main: creating thread 4
Hello World! It's me, thread 2305843009233434832!
Hello World! It's me, thread 2305843009241823440!
Hello World! It's me, thread 2305843009250212048!
Hello World! It's me, thread 2305843009258600656!

Old 11-03-2008, 07:43 AM   #2
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see in the includes: bits/pthreadtypes.h

In my case (AMD64) I have:

/* Thread identifiers.  The structure of the attribute type is not
   exposed on purpose.  */
typedef unsigned long int pthread_t;

With GCC, 'long' may be 32 or 64 bits, depending on the architecture you compile for. With the AMD64 for example, a 32-bit (x86) compile will give a 32-bit 'long' while a native 64-bit compile gives a 64-bit long. Since IA64 is a 64-bit machine, I would expect 'long' to be 64-bit, so if you have the same declaration of pthread_t in that file mentioned, then you're dealing with a thread id which is a 64-bit unsigned integer.

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