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* Remove ESRCH from pthread_* man pages or document it as nonstandard
@ 2020-02-10 20:28 Rich Felker
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From: Rich Felker @ 2020-02-10 20:28 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Michael Kerrisk (man-pages); +Cc: linux-man

Use of a pthread_t after its lifetime has ended is undefined behavior.
Pre-2008 POSIX wrongly had ESRCH errors specified for a number of
interfaces, conflicting with explicitly making such use UB; this was
fixed as a result of Austin Group interpretation 142:

However, the man pages still have ESRCH listed for most if not all of
the pthread_* interfaces that take a pthread_t argument.

Could this be removed, or annotated to clarify that (1) this is not
standard/portable behavior programmers can rely on (FYI: musl does not
do it), and (2) like all instances of the pattern "use of resource
identifier after the resource it refers to has been released/freed",
passing a pthread_t whose lifetime may have ended is inherently a bug.

This came up again on the musl mailing list today:


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