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Yield the processor.

SCHED_YIELD(2)                      Linux Programmer's Manual                      SCHED_YIELD(2)

NAME sched_yield - yield the processor
SYNOPSIS #include <sched.h> int sched_yield(void);
DESCRIPTION sched_yield() causes the calling thread to relinquish the CPU. The thread is moved to the end of the queue for its static priority and a new thread gets to run.
RETURN VALUE On success, sched_yield() returns 0. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropri‐ ately.
ERRORS In the Linux implementation, sched_yield() always succeeds.
NOTES If the calling thread is the only thread in the highest priority list at that time, it will continue to run after a call to sched_yield(). POSIX systems on which sched_yield() is available define _POSIX_PRIORITY_SCHEDULING in <unistd.h>. Strategic calls to sched_yield() can improve performance by giving other threads or pro‐ cesses a chance to run when (heavily) contended resources (e.g., mutexes) have been released by the caller. Avoid calling sched_yield() unnecessarily or inappropriately (e.g., when resources needed by other schedulable threads are still held by the caller), since doing so will result in unnecessary context switches, which will degrade system per‐ formance.
SEE ALSO sched(7)
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Linux 2015-08-08 SCHED_YIELD(2)
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sched_yield(2) referred by getrlimit(2) | pthread_yield(3) | sched(7) | sched_getparam(2freebsd) | sched_getscheduler(2freebsd) | sched_setattr(2) | sched_setparam(2freebsd) | sched_setscheduler(2) | sched_setscheduler(2freebsd) | sched_yield(2freebsd) | stress-ng(1) | syscalls(2)
refer to sched(7)