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SEM_GETVALUE(3) Library Functions Manual SEM_GETVALUE(3)

NAME

sem_getvalue - get the value of a semaphore

LIBRARY

POSIX threads library (libpthread, -lpthread)

SYNOPSIS

#include <semaphore.h>
int sem_getvalue(sem_t *restrict sem, int *restrict 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 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 behavior.

RETURN VALUE

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

ERRORS

sem is not a valid semaphore. (The glibc implementation currently does not check whether sem is valid.)

ATTRIBUTES

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

Interface Attribute Value
sem_getvalue () Thread safety MT-Safe

STANDARDS

POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

NOTES

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

SEE ALSO

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

2022-10-09 Linux man-pages 6.01