Closing child threads

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    Closing child threads

    In my program I want to use blocking sockets. I was hoping to do this by creating a new thread that can run the blocking accept() call and process connections, while the main thread (which spawned it) waits to be told to quit.

    When the main thread is told to quit, it shuts down the thread it created so that its not accept()ing anymore, closes the socket it was listening on and then shuts the rest of the program.

    A sample would look like this:

    hThread = CreateThread(..);
    if (PeekMessage(.., WM_QUIT, WM_QUIT, ..))
    ExitThread(hThread);

    Unforutunatly I know ExitThread() can only be called by the thread that owns it (or so it seems). My question then becomes, how can I close a thread I just created, from the parent thread?

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    Look at the bottom of the ExitThread doc page. You will see in the 'see also' section a link: Process and Thread Functions. Follow the link.

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    Thanks anontymous, I take it I was looking for the terminateThread() function? I did a test and that seems to work exactly how I want it to, so thanks .

    Why can't they just make ExitThread take a handle to a thread, or NULL for the current thread? Why do they do this on purpose just because they know I'd never search for TerminateThread()?!

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