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Manual Pages  — SEM_GETVALUE

NAME

sem_getvalue – get the value of a semaphore

CONTENTS

LIBRARY

Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS

#include <semaphore.h>

int
sem_getvalue(sem_t * restrict sem, int * restrict sval);

DESCRIPTION

The sem_getvalue() function sets the variable pointed to by sval to the current value of the semaphore pointed to by sem, as of the time that the call to sem_getvalue() is actually run.

RETURN VALUES

The sem_getvalue function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise the value -1 is returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS

The sem_getvalue() function will fail if:
[EINVAL]
  The sem argument points to an invalid semaphore.

SEE ALSO

sem_post(3), sem_trywait(3), sem_wait(3)

STANDARDS

The sem_getvalue() function conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1-96 ("POSIX.1").

The value of the semaphore is never negative, even if there are threads blocked on the semaphore. POSIX is somewhat ambiguous in its wording with regard to what the value of the semaphore should be if there are blocked waiting threads, but this behavior is conformant, given the wording of the specification.


SEM_GETVALUE (3) February 15, 2000

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