sem_getvalue

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

NAME
       sem_getvalue - get the value of a semaphore

SYNOPSIS
       #include <semaphore.h>

       int sem_getvalue(sem_t *sem, int *sval);

       Link with -pthread.

DESCRIPTION
       sem_getvalue() places the current value of the semaphore pointed to sem
       into the integer pointed to by sval.

       If one or more processes or threads are blocked  waiting  to  lock  the
       semaphore  with  sem_wait(3), POSIX.1 permits two possibilities for the
       value returned in sval: either 0 is  returned;  or  a  negative  number
       whose  absolute  value  is  the  count  of  the number of processes and
       threads currently blocked in  sem_wait(3).   Linux  adopts  the  former
       behavior.

RETURN VALUE
       sem_getvalue() returns 0 on success; on error, -1 is returned and errno
       is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS
       EINVAL sem is not a valid semaphore.

ATTRIBUTES
       For  an  explanation  of  the  terms  used   in   this   section,   see
       attributes(7).

       +---------------+---------------+---------+
       |Interface      | Attribute     | Value   |
       +---------------+---------------+---------+
       |sem_getvalue() | Thread safety | MT-Safe |
       +---------------+---------------+---------+
CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

NOTES
       The  value  of  the  semaphore  may  already  have  changed by the time
       sem_getvalue() returns.

SEE ALSO
       sem_post(3), sem_wait(3), sem_overview(7)

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