The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7
IEEE Std 1003.1-2008, 2016 Edition
Copyright © 2001-2016 The IEEE and The Open Group


semaphore.h - semaphores


#include <semaphore.h>


The <semaphore.h> header shall define the sem_t type, used in performing semaphore operations. The semaphore may be implemented using a file descriptor, in which case applications are able to open up at least a total of {OPEN_MAX} files and semaphores.

The <semaphore.h> header shall define the symbolic constant SEM_FAILED which shall have type sem_t *.

The following shall be declared as functions and may also be defined as macros. Function prototypes shall be provided.

int    sem_close(sem_t *);
int    sem_destroy(sem_t *);
int    sem_getvalue(sem_t *restrict, int *restrict);
int    sem_init(sem_t *, int, unsigned);
sem_t *sem_open(const char *, int, ...);
int    sem_post(sem_t *);
int    sem_timedwait(sem_t *restrict, const struct timespec *restrict);
int    sem_trywait(sem_t *);
int    sem_unlink(const char *);
int    sem_wait(sem_t *);

Inclusion of the <semaphore.h> header may make visible symbols defined in the <fcntl.h> and <time.h> headers.

The following sections are informative.








<fcntl.h>, <sys/types.h>, <time.h>

XSH sem_close, sem_destroy, sem_getvalue, sem_init, sem_open, sem_post, sem_timedwait, sem_trywait, sem_unlink


First released in Issue 5. Included for alignment with the POSIX Realtime Extension.

Issue 6

The <semaphore.h> header is marked as part of the Semaphores option.

The Open Group Corrigendum U021/3 is applied, adding a description of SEM_FAILED.

The sem_timedwait() function is added for alignment with IEEE Std 1003.1d-1999.

The restrict keyword is added to the prototypes for sem_getvalue() and sem_timedwait().

Issue 7

SD5-XBD-ERN-57 is applied, allowing the header to make visible symbols from the <time.h> header.

The <semaphore.h> header is moved from the Semaphores option to the Base.

This reference page is clarified with respect to macros and symbolic constants.

End of informative text.


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