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       pthread_attr_setguardsize,  pthread_attr_getguardsize  -	 set/get guard
       size attribute in thread attributes object

       #include <pthread.h>

       int pthread_attr_setguardsize(pthread_attr_t *attr, size_t guardsize);
       int pthread_attr_getguardsize(const pthread_attr_t *attr, size_t *guardsize);

       Compile and link with -pthread.

       The pthread_attr_setguardsize() function sets the guard size  attribute
       of the thread attributes object referred to by attr to the value speci-
       fied in guardsize.

       If guardsize is greater than 0, then for each new thread created	 using
       attr  the  system  allocates an additional region of at least guardsize
       bytes at the end of the thread's stack to act as the guard area for the
       stack (but see BUGS).

       If  guardsize  is 0, then new threads created with attr will not have a
       guard area.

       The default guard size is the same as the system page size.

       If  the	stack  address	attribute  has	been  set   in	 attr	(using
       pthread_attr_setstack(3) or pthread_attr_setstackaddr(3)), meaning that
       the caller is allocating	 the  thread's	stack,	then  the  guard  size
       attribute is ignored (i.e., no guard area is created by the system): it
       is the application's responsibility to handle stack  overflow  (perhaps
       by  using mprotect(2) to manually define a guard area at the end of the
       stack that it has allocated).

       The  pthread_attr_getguardsize()	 function  returns  the	  guard	  size
       attribute  of  the  thread attributes object referred to by attr in the
       buffer pointed to by guardsize.

       On success, these functions return 0; on error, they return  a  nonzero
       error number.

       POSIX.1	documents an EINVAL error if attr or guardsize is invalid.  On
       Linux these functions always succeed  (but  portable  and  future-proof
       applications should nevertheless handle a possible error return).

       These functions are provided by glibc since version 2.1.

       For   an	  explanation	of   the  terms	 used  in  this	 section,  see

       |Interface		     | Attribute     | Value   |
       |pthread_attr_setguardsize(), | Thread safety | MT-Safe |
       |pthread_attr_getguardsize()  |		     |	       |
       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

       A  guard	 area  consists	 of virtual memory pages that are protected to
       prevent read and write access.  If a thread overflows  its  stack  into
       the guard area, then, on most hard architectures, it receives a SIGSEGV
       signal, thus notifying it of the overflow.  Guard areas start  on  page
       boundaries,  and	 the guard size is internally rounded up to the system
       page size when creating	a  thread.   (Nevertheless,  pthread_attr_get-
       guardsize()  returns  the  guard size that was set by pthread_attr_set-

       Setting a guard size of 0 may be useful to save memory in  an  applica-
       tion  that creates many threads and knows that stack overflow can never

       Choosing a guard size larger than the default size may be necessary for
       detecting  stack	 overflows if a thread allocates large data structures
       on the stack.

       As at glibc 2.8, the NPTL threading implementation includes  the	 guard
       area  within  the  stack	 size allocation, rather than allocating extra
       space at the end of the stack, as POSIX.1 requires.  (This  can	result
       in  an  EINVAL  error from pthread_create(3) if the guard size value is
       too large, leaving no space for the actual stack.)

       The obsolete LinuxThreads implementation did the right thing,  allocat-
       ing extra space at the end of the stack for the guard area.

       See pthread_getattr_np(3).

       mmap(2),	 mprotect(2),  pthread_attr_init(3), pthread_attr_setstack(3),
       pthread_attr_setstacksize(3), pthread_create(3), pthreads(7)

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