SEM_GETVALUE(3) BSD Library Functions Manual SEM_GETVALUE(3)
sem_getvalue -- get the value of a semaphore
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
sem_getvalue(sem_t * restrict sem, int * restrict sval);
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.
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.
The sem_getvalue() function will fail if:
[EINVAL] The sem argument points to an invalid semaphore.
sem_post(3), sem_trywait(3), sem_wait(3)
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.
February 15, 2000 BSD