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

sem_post - unlock a semaphore SYNOPSIS
#include <semaphore.h> int sem_post(sem_t *sem); Link with -pthread. DESCRIPTION
sem_post() increments (unlocks) the semaphore pointed to by sem. If the semaphore's value consequently becomes greater than zero, then another process or thread blocked in a sem_wait(3) call will be woken up and proceed to lock the semaphore. RETURN VALUE
sem_post() returns 0 on success; on error, the value of the semaphore is left unchanged, -1 is returned, and errno is set to indicate the error. ERRORS
EINVAL sem is not a valid semaphore. EOVERFLOW The maximum allowable value for a semaphore would be exceeded. ATTRIBUTES
For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7). +-----------+---------------+---------+ |Interface | Attribute | Value | +-----------+---------------+---------+ |sem_post() | Thread safety | MT-Safe | +-----------+---------------+---------+ CONFORMING TO
sem_post() is async-signal-safe: it may be safely called within a signal handler. EXAMPLE
See sem_wait(3). SEE ALSO
sem_getvalue(3), sem_wait(3), sem_overview(7), signal-safety(7) COLOPHON
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sem_wait(3)						     Library Functions Manual						       sem_wait(3)

sem_wait, sem_trywait - Performs (or conditionally performs) a semaphore lock (P1003.1b) LIBRARY
Realtime Library (, librt.a) SYNOPSIS
#include <semaphore.h> int sem_wait ( sem_t *sem); int sem_trywait ( sem_t *sem); PARAMETERS
sem Specifies a pointer to the semaphore to be locked. DESCRIPTION
The sem_wait function locks the semaphore referenced by sem by performing a semaphore lock operation on it. If the semaphore value is zero, the sem_wait function blocks until it either locks the semaphore or is interrupted by a signal. The sem_trywait function locks a semaphore only if the semaphore is currently not locked. If the semaphore value is zero, the sem_trywait function returns without locking the semaphore. These functions help ensure that the resource associated with the semaphore cannot be accessed by other processes. The semaphore remains locked until the process unlocks it with a call to the sem_post function. Use the sem_wait function instead of the sem_trywait function if the process should wait for access to the semaphore. RETURN VALUES
If the sem_wait or sem_trywait function returns successfully, a value of 0 (zero) is returned and the function executes the semaphore lock operation. On an unsuccessful call, a value of -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate that an error occurred. The state of the semaphore remains unchanged. ERRORS
The sem_wait and sem_trywait functions fail under the following conditions: [EAGAIN] The semaphore was already locked and cannot be locked by the sem_trywait operation (sem_trywait only). [EINTR] A signal interrupted this function. [EINVAL] The sem argument does not refer to a valid semaphore. RELATED INFORMATION
Functions: sem_post(3) Guide to Realtime Programming delim off sem_wait(3)
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