__GET_TCB(2) BSD System Calls Manual __GET_TCB(2)
__get_tcb, __set_tcb -- get and set the address of the thread control
block of the current thread
The __get_tcb() and __set_tcb() functions are for use by librthread and
other parts of the system runtime to retrieve and set the address of the
current thread's thread control block (TCB). This is used to locate per-
thread data such as errno. Each kernel-level thread in a process has a
separate value for this address, which can be obtained and changed via
these system calls. New threads (including the first thread of a new
process) created using fork(2), vfork(2), or __tfork(2), inherit the TCB
address of the thread that created them. execve(2) resets it to zero.
On some platforms, this address is also directly mapped to a CPU register
which can be accessed from userspace.
__get_tcb() returns the address of the thread control block of the cur-
The __get_tcb() and __set_tcb() system calls appeared in OpenBSD 5.1.
BSD April 12, 2012 BSD