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sem_destroy - destroy an unnamed semaphore (REALTIME)


#include <semaphore.h>

int sem_destroy(sem_t *sem);


The sem_destroy() function is used to destroy the unnamed semaphore indicated by sem. Only a semaphore that was created using sem_init() may be destroyed using sem_destroy(); the effect of calling sem_destroy() with a named semaphore is undefined. The effect of subsequent use of the semaphore sem is undefined until sem is re-initialised by another call to sem_init().

It is safe to destroy an initialised semaphore upon which no threads are currently blocked. The effect of destroying a semaphore upon which other threads are currently blocked is undefined.


Upon successful completion, a value of zero is returned. Otherwise, a value of -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.


The sem_destroy() function will fail if:
The sem argument is not a valid semaphore.
The function sem_destroy() is not supported by this implementation.

The sem_destroy() function may fail if:

There are currently processes blocked on the semaphore.








semctl(), semget(), semop(), sem_init(), sem_open(), <semaphore.h>.


Derived from the POSIX Realtime Extension (1003.1b-1993/1003.1i-1995)

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