Linux threads and passing arguments

Posted on 2005-03-05
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01

I have problem here with KDevelop. I have program written in C with pthread library, when I complite it with C compiliator everything goes O.K. but now I'm trying to convert that to KDevelop project using C++ I get following errors:

xxx.cpp:129: error: argument of type `void (XXX::)(void*)' does not match `void*'
xxx.cpp:173: error: invalid conversion from ` void*' to `LINK_INFO*'

the code (launching new thread) here is the first error:
pthread_create (&tid_poll, NULL, (void*)rx_message, link_info);

the code (thread function) and here is the second error:
void XXX::rx_message(void *pv) {
    LINK_INFO *pli = pv;

How could I write that correctly?
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solved the problem according to http://www.csd.uwo.ca/courses/CS402b/Assign/faq.c++
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   pthread_create (&tid_poll, NULL, XXX::rx_message, link_info);

However, XXX::rx_message must be a static member of class XXX.

XXX::rx_message is of type void. So, a cast to void* neither applies to the required argument type nor to the type of function rx_message.

Regards, Alex


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I posted a question, and answered it myself. So please do points refund.

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>>>> solved the problem according to http://www.csd.uwo.ca/courses/CS402b/Assign/faq.c++

I found time to look at the link above.

The answer given there was that C++ member functions couldn't/shouldn't be used as start functions in pthreads. The main argument was that pthread API is C and C++ and C have a different linkage on most compilers, especially on g++;

I think the answer is wrong if the dll/program is a C++ program (what seems to be the case here as the file to compile has cpp extension). If a different C linkage of a library would be any problem, you couldn't use C runtime dlls, but you can - with any C++ compiler. The only precondition is that C function prototypes have an "extern C" directive in the header files, thus were not subject of C++ name mangling.
You can use a static class member function as startup function of a pthread if it has the needed prototype:

// xxx.h

 class XXX
         pthread_t m_thread;
         static void* threadStart(void* pParam);   // startup function for thread
         // non-static member function to invoke thread
         bool createThread();
         // non-static member function to do the thread job
         void doWhatMustBeDone();    

// in  xxx.cpp

  bool XXX::createThread()
    // start the thread and pass static function + 'this' as param  
    int rc = pthread_create( &m_thread, NULL, XXX:: threadStart, this);  
    return rc == 0;

   void* XXX::threadStart(void* pParam)
       XXX* pThis = (XXX*)pParam;          // get 'this' pointer in static function

       return NULL;

I have successfully used that construct with pthreads and Windows threads (_beginthread).

Regards, Alex

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