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For the beginthread function in the process library for c on windows, I am able to specify an argument list for the function I wish to call when starting the thread.  However, I can get this to work fine when there is one parameter and I pass in, say an int, just this one.  But what happens if I need to pass the function more than one parameter, e.g. an int and a char*?
I have tried to send the function a string containing the variable names created with sprintf, but when debugging the thread that has been called, the parameter values are all nonsense.
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There are several ways to accomplish this, however themost common one is to pass a pointer to a data structure holding the information you need, e.g.

typedef struct _tagTHREAD_PARAMETER_BLOCK
{
 int nMyInt1;
 char acString1 [ 256];
 int nMyInt2;
 char acString2[ 256];
 /* whatever you need ... */
} THREAD_PARAMETER_BLOCK, *PTHREAD_PARAMETER_BLOCK;

THREAD_PARAMETER_BLOCK tpb;

tpb.nMyInt1 = 42;

strcpy ( tpb.acString1, "test");

_beginthread ( MyThread, 0, ( void*) tpb);

void MyThread ( void* pv)
{
PTHREAD_PARAMETER_BLOCK ptpb = (PTHREAD_PARAMETER_BLOCK) pv;
int n;

 n = ptpb->nMyInt1;

/* ... */
}


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