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Status Not under consideration
Workspace AIX
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 22, 2016

Request a pthreads API for assigning names to individual threads.

pthread_setname_np / pthread_getname_np
Request a pthreads API for assigning names to individual threads. The interface can be non-portable. There is no known API for this currently implemented in AIX 7.1 thru TL3.

- Ability for a thread to set a string as its "name" via the pthread interface, i.e. pthread_setname_np. No specifications are asserted about uniqueness or string length; this is up to the implementors. No specifications are asserted about an external process being able to set the name of a thread.
- Ability to query that name via the pthread interface, i.e. pthread_getname_np. No specifications are asserted with respect to "no name set" or null (zero-length) name.
- Ability to query a thread's name from an external process. The method is not specified. (Might involve pthread_getname_np, pthread_getthrds_np, or some other API.)
- The thread names would be viewable in dbx. As a wish list item, the name would be viewable in gdb, Rational tools and kdb as well.
- An option to 'ps' for thread-display modes (-m or -o THREAD) to list these assigned names.

This enhancement would bring AIX in line with other platforms that have this facility, including:
- System i
- Linux
- Solaris

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Sep 25, 2019

    IBM has evaluated the priority of this enhancement proposal relative to other future product content and determined that this RFE will not be pursued for a future product release.

  • Guest
    Jun 23, 2016

    Creating a new RFE based on Community RFE #90434 in product IBM AIX.