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SEM_DESTROY(P) POSIX Programmer's Manual SEM_DESTROY(P)
sem_destroy - destroy an unnamed semaphore (REALTIME)
int sem_destroy(sem_t *sem);
The sem_destroy() function shall destroy the unnamed semaphore indicated by sem. Only a
semaphore that was created using sem_init() may be destroyed using sem_destroy(); the
effect of calling sem_destroy() with a named semaphore is undefined. The effect of subse-
quent use of the semaphore sem is undefined until sem is reinitialized by another call to
It is safe to destroy an initialized semaphore upon which no threads are currently
blocked. The effect of destroying a semaphore upon which other threads are currently
blocked is undefined.
Upon successful completion, a value of zero shall be returned. Otherwise, a value of -1
shall be returned and errno set to indicate the error.
The sem_destroy() function shall fail if:
EINVAL The sem argument is not a valid semaphore.
The sem_destroy() function may fail if:
EBUSY There are currently processes blocked on the semaphore.
The following sections are informative.
The sem_destroy() function is part of the Semaphores option and need not be available on
semctl() , semget() , semop() , sem_init() , sem_open() , the Base Definitions volume of
IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <semaphore.h>
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std
1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System
Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by
the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the
event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group
Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The orig-
inal Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .
IEEE/The Open Group 2003 SEM_DESTROY(P)
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