NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | RETURN VALUE | ERRORS | ATTRIBUTES | CONFORMING TO | NOTES | SEE ALSO | COLOPHON

SEM_GETVALUE(3)           Linux Programmer's Manual          SEM_GETVALUE(3)

NAME         top

       sem_getvalue - get the value of a semaphore

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <semaphore.h>

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

       Link with -pthread.

DESCRIPTION         top

       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         top

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

ERRORS         top

       EINVAL sem is not a valid semaphore.

ATTRIBUTES         top

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

       ┌───────────────┬───────────────┬─────────┐
       │Interface      Attribute     Value   │
       ├───────────────┼───────────────┼─────────┤
       │sem_getvalue() │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │
       └───────────────┴───────────────┴─────────┘

CONFORMING TO         top

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

NOTES         top

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

SEE ALSO         top

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

COLOPHON         top

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Linux                            2015-08-08                  SEM_GETVALUE(3)