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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     sem_init -- initialize an unnamed semaphore

LIBRARY    [Toc]    [Back]

     Reentrant C Library (libc_r, -lc_r)

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     #include <semaphore.h>

     sem_init(sem_t *sem, int pshared, unsigned int value);

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The sem_init() function initializes the unnamed semaphore pointed to by
     sem to have the value value.  A non-zero value for pshared specifies a
     shared semaphore that can be used by multiple processes, which this
     implementation is not capable of.

     Following a successful call to sem_init(), sem can be used as an argument
     in subsequent calls to sem_wait(3), sem_trywait(3), sem_post(3), and
     sem_destroy(3).  The sem argument is no longer valid after a successful
     call to sem_destroy(3).

RETURN VALUES    [Toc]    [Back]

     The sem_init() function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise the
     value -1 is returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the

ERRORS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The sem_init() function will fail if:

     [EINVAL]		value exceeds SEM_VALUE_MAX.

     [ENOSPC]		Memory allocation error.

     [EPERM]		Unable to initialize a shared semaphore.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     sem_destroy(3), sem_post(3), sem_trywait(3), sem_wait(3), sem(4)

STANDARDS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The sem_init() function conforms to ISO/IEC 9945-1:1996 (``POSIX.1'').

     This implementation does not support shared semaphores, and reports this
     fact by setting errno to EPERM.  This is perhaps a stretch of the intention
 of POSIX, but is compliant, with the caveat that sem_init() always
     reports a permissions error when an attempt to create a shared semaphore
     is made.

FreeBSD 5.2.1		       February 15, 2000		 FreeBSD 5.2.1
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