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sem_getvalue(3) [freebsd man page]

SEM_GETVALUE(3) 					   BSD Library Functions Manual 					   SEM_GETVALUE(3)

sem_getvalue -- get the value of a semaphore 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 ISO/IEC 9945-1:1996 (``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. BSD
February 15, 2000 BSD

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