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SEM_GETVALUE(3) Library Functions Manual SEM_GETVALUE(3) NAME sem_getvalue -- get the value of a semaphore LIBRARY POSIX Real-time Library (librt, -lrt) SYNOPSIS #include <semaphore.h> int sem_getvalue(sem_t * restrict sem, int * restrict sval); DESCRIPTION The sem_getvalue() function sets the variable pointed to by sval to the current value of the semaphore pointed to by sem, as of the time that the call to sem_getvalue() is actually run. RETURN VALUES The sem_getvalue() function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise the value -1 is returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the error. ERRORS sem_getvalue() will fail if: [EINVAL] sem points to an invalid semaphore. SEE ALSO sem_post(3), sem_timedwait(3), sem_trywait(3), sem_wait(3) STANDARDS sem_getvalue() conforms to ISO/IEC 9945-1:1996 (``POSIX.1''). The value of the semaphore is never negative, even if there are threads blocked on the semaphore. POSIX is somewhat ambiguous in its wording with regard to what the value of the semaphore should be if there are blocked waiting threads, but this behavior is conformant, given the wording of the specification. NetBSD 7.1.2 February 29, 2012 NetBSD 7.1.2