SEM_GETVALUE

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (3)
Updated: 2006-03-25
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NAME

sem_getvalue - get the value of a semaphore  

SYNOPSIS

#include <semaphore.h>

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

DESCRIPTION

sem_getvalue() places the current value of the semaphore pointed to sem into the integer pointed to by sval.

If one or more processes or threads are blocked waiting to lock the semaphore with sem_wait(3), POSIX.1-2001 permits two possibilities for the value returned in sval: either 0 is returned; or a negative number whose absolute value is the count of the number of processes and threads currently blocked in sem_wait(3). Linux adopts the former behaviour.  

RETURN VALUE

sem_getvalue() returns 0 on success; on error, -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.  

ERRORS

EINVAL
sem is not a valid semaphore.
 

NOTES

The value of the semaphore may already have changed by the time sem_getvalue() returns.  

CONFORMING TO

POSIX.1-2001.  

SEE ALSO

sem_post(3), sem_wait(3), sem_overview(7)


 

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