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Old 09-08-2010, 01:38 AM   #1
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problem in uderstanding pthread execution in given code

Hi all,

pthread_mutex_t mutex1;
int shared_data = 0;

void *sharedata( void *threadid)

int i;
for(i= 0; i<1024*1024 ;i++)
printf("\nIn shared function%d",shared_data);

int main()

int tid;
void *exitstat;
int t;
int i;

pthread_mutex_init(&mutex1, NULL);

pthread_create(&tid, NULL, sharedata,(void *)&t);

for(i= 0; i<10; i++)
printf("\nShared data is %d", shared_data);

return 0;


I am getting different outputs in main() when I run the same program.Please explain why?
I also want to know at what point the switching takes place between shareddata() and main() function.
Old 09-08-2010, 02:23 PM   #2
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Your output is perfectly normal on Linux. The switch moment is generally independent from your code, just like typical process switches. On some implementations of pthread, however, your code matters because the switches are done on system calls and on pthread* functions (in your case it means printf and pthread*).
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:07 PM   #3
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Thanks Mara!!


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