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SHMAT(2) BSD System Calls Manual SHMAT(2)
shmat, shmdt -- map/unmap shared memory
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
shmat(int shmid, const void *shmaddr, int shmflg);
shmdt(const void *shmaddr);
shmat() maps the shared memory segment associated with the shared memory identifier shmid
into the address space of the calling process. The address at which the segment is mapped
is determined by the shmaddr parameter. If it is equal to 0, the system will pick an
address itself. Otherwise, an attempt is made to map the shared memory segment at the
address shmaddr specifies. If SHM_RND is set in shmflg, the system will round the address
down to a multiple of SHMLBA bytes (SHMLBA is defined in <sys/shm.h>).
A shared memory segment can be mapped read-only by specifying the SHM_RDONLY flag in shmflg.
shmdt() unmaps the shared memory segment that is currently mapped at shmaddr from the call-
ing process' address space. shmaddr must be a value returned by a prior shmat() call. A
shared memory segment will remain in existence until it is removed by a call to shmctl(2)
with the IPC_RMID command.
shmat() returns the address at which the shared memory segment has been mapped into the
calling process' address space when successful, shmdt() returns 0 on successful completion.
Otherwise, a value of -1 is returned, and the global variable errno is set to indicate the
shmat() will fail if:
[EACCES] The calling process has no permission to access this shared memory seg-
[ENOMEM] There is not enough available data space for the calling process to map
the shared memory segment.
[EINVAL] shmid is not a valid shared memory identifier.
shmaddr specifies an illegal address.
[EMFILE] The number of shared memory segments has reached the system-wide limit.
shmdt() will fail if:
[EINVAL] shmaddr is not the start address of a mapped shared memory segment.
ipcrm(1), ipcs(1), mmap(2), shmctl(2), shmget(2)
The shmat and shmdt system calls conform to X/Open System Interfaces and Headers Issue 5
Shared memory segments appeared in the first release of AT&T System V UNIX.
BSD June 17, 2002 BSD
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