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RE: [pthreads-win32] How can you use errno with pthreads DLL?

> I am trying to use pthreads-win32 but have run into a problem. I get an
> error return value from pthreads-win32 but I can't use the errno because
> pthreads-win32 uses the errno for its C runtime library but my app uses
> its own errno from its C runtime library. How do I read the errno from
> pthreads-win32's view of things inside its DLL? I don't see a function
> for such a thing. I looked at the pthread.dsp file and it is set to use
> "Multithreaded DLL" library mode, so I figure that pthreads-win32 is
> more or less forcing me to use that mode. Well my application doesn't
> use that and can't do so.
> So is it not possible for there to simply be a pthreads-win32 function
> to get the errno? It may not be highly pretty but as it stands right now
> pthreads-win32 is unusable because of this problem.
Well it seems to me that you have a few options here:

1. Recompile pthreads against the same runtime library that you are using
rather than MSVC.  This is more than likely the best solution as having two
different CRTs is nasty bloat: think two separate heaps and copies of all
support data structure, not to mention the additional code size.

2. Explicitly import and use the function "_errno" from MSVCRT.DLL.  To
avoid the linker going nuts with two copies of most of the standard C
library symbols the least painful way to do this is to use LoadLibrary and
GetProcAddress. _errno basically is a wrapper around some thread local
storage: errno needs to be per thread in a multi-threaded environment.

TBH, I thought that pthreads didn't really use errno but opted to return an
errno.h defined status code.  sem_* and sched_* do, so if you don't use
those you could bypass this problem.

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