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Re: LinuxThreads and NPTL

A. J.,

From the RH9 release notes (http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/RHL-9-Manual/release-notes/x86/):


     Red Hat Linux 9 includes the Native POSIX Thread Library (NPTL), a
     new implementation of POSIX threads for Linux. This library
     provides performance improvements and increased scalability for
     i686 or better processors.

     This thread library is designed to be binary compatible with the
     old LinuxThreads implementation; however, applications that rely
     on the places where the LinuxThreads implementation deviates from
     the POSIX standard will need to be fixed. Notable differences include:

     - Signal handling has changed from per-thread signal handling to
     POSIX process signal handling.

- getpid() returns the same value in all threads.

     - Thread handlers registered with pthread_atfork are not run if
     vfork() is used.

- No manager thread.

Applications that are known to have problems using NPTL include:

- Sun JRE prior to version 1.4.1


     If an application does not work properly with NPTL, it can be run
     using the old LinuxThreads implementation by setting the following
     environment variable:


The following versions are available:

- 2.4.1  Linuxthreads with floating stacks

- 2.2.5  Linuxthreads without floating stacks

     NPTL support for all dynamically-linked applications can be
     disabled by using the following boot-time option:


-Bill Hilf
<bill hilfworks com>

A.J. Blanchard wrote:

Hello all,

So, as a recent convert from NGPT, bear with me if I am asking redundant or
obvious questions. I have been unable to track down any documentation that
might answer these questions.

1) Does the venerable old LinuxThreads co-exist with NPTL in the caned RH-9?

2) By default, am I using NPTL on RH-9?

3) I have seen that Glibc "contains" NPTL. How does this translate to the
libpthread.so? Wrappers or extensions or ...?

BTW, if I have overlooked some obvious FAQ, smite me and let me know.

Many thanks ;-)

A. J. Blanchard
ajblanch cisco com

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