Pthread error?

Jan Chludzinski
Fri Jul 29 16:59:00 GMT 2011

The code below appears to have incorrect behavior.  The output is:

$ ./a.exe
Enter Testcase - ./a
Create/start threads
Thread 009e0290 00000000: Entered
Thread 009f0320 00000000: Entered
Thread 009f03a8 00000000: Entered
Thread 18dbce64 00000000: INITIALIZE RESOURCE
Wait for the threads to complete, and release their resources
Thread 009f0430 00000000: Entered
Thread 00a104f8 00000000: Entered
Thread 009e0290 00000001: resource is>>> 0
Thread 009e0290 0000002a: The resource is 0
Thread 009f0320 0000002a: The resource is 0
Thread 009f03a8 0000002a: The resource is 0
Thread 009f0430 0000002a: The resource is 0
Thread 00a104f8 0000002a: The resource is 0
Main completed

If I understand pthread_once(...) correctly, the output should be:

Thread ... ...: The resource is 42

for all threads.  The really strange thing is the printf(...) in
initFunction().  This should print "resource is>>> 42" but I get:
"resource is>>> 0".

What's up?

I'm using Cygwin 1.7 on Windows 7 with gcc (GCC) 4.3.4 20090804 (release) 1.



#include <pthread.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <unistd.h>

#define checkResults(string, val) {             \
 if (val) {                                     \
   printf("Failed with %d at %s", val, string); \
   exit(1);                                     \
 }                                              \

#define                 NUMTHREADS   5
pthread_once_t          oneTimeInit = PTHREAD_ONCE_INIT;
int                     initialized = 0;
int                     resource    = 0;

void initFunction(void)
   printf("Thread %.8x %.8x: INITIALIZE RESOURCE\n");
   initialized = 1;
   resource = 42;
   printf("Thread %.8x %.8x: resource is>>> %d\n",
     pthread_self(), resource);

void *theThread(void *parm)
  int   rc;
  printf("Thread %.8x %.8x: Entered\n", pthread_self());
  //if (!initialized) {
    rc = pthread_once(&oneTimeInit, initFunction);
    checkResults("pthread_once()\n", rc);
  printf("Thread %.8x %.8x: The resource is %d\n",
     pthread_self(), resource);
  return NULL;

int main(int argc, char **argv)
  pthread_t             thread[NUMTHREADS];
  int                   rc=0;
  int                   i;

  printf("Enter Testcase - %s\n", argv[0]);

  printf("Create/start threads\n");
  for (i=0; i <NUMTHREADS; ++i) {
    rc = pthread_create(&thread[i], NULL, theThread, NULL);
    checkResults("pthread_create()\n", rc);

  printf("Wait for the threads to complete, and release their resources\n");
  for (i=0; i <NUMTHREADS; ++i) {
    rc = pthread_join(thread[i], NULL);
    checkResults("pthread_join()\n", rc);

  printf("Main completed\n");
  return 0;

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