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sem_destroy(3) Library Functions Manual sem_destroy(3)

NAME

sem_destroy - destroy an unnamed semaphore

LIBRARY

POSIX threads library (libpthread, -lpthread)

SYNOPSIS

#include <semaphore.h>
int sem_destroy(sem_t *sem);

DESCRIPTION

sem_destroy() destroys the unnamed semaphore at the address pointed to by sem.

Only a semaphore that has been initialized by sem_init(3) should be destroyed using sem_destroy().

Destroying a semaphore that other processes or threads are currently blocked on (in sem_wait(3)) produces undefined behavior.

Using a semaphore that has been destroyed produces undefined results, until the semaphore has been reinitialized using sem_init(3).

RETURN VALUE

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

ERRORS

sem is not a valid semaphore.

ATTRIBUTES

For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

Interface Attribute Value
sem_destroy () Thread safety MT-Safe

STANDARDS

POSIX.1-2008.

HISTORY

POSIX.1-2001.

NOTES

An unnamed semaphore should be destroyed with sem_destroy() before the memory in which it is located is deallocated. Failure to do this can result in resource leaks on some implementations.

SEE ALSO

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

2023-07-20 Linux man-pages 6.05.01