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--- close a named semaphore
int sem_close(sem_t *sem);
function shall indicate that the calling process is finished using
the named semaphore indicated by
The effects of calling
for an unnamed semaphore (one created by
are undefined. The
function shall deallocate (that is, make available for reuse by a
by this process) any system resources allocated by the system for use
by this process for this semaphore. The effect of subsequent use of the
semaphore indicated by
by this process is undefined. If the semaphore has not been removed
with a successful call to
has no effect on the state of the semaphore. If the
function has been successfully invoked for
after the most recent call to
with O_CREAT for this semaphore,
then when all processes that have opened the semaphore close it, the
semaphore is no longer accessible.
Upon successful completion, a value of zero shall be returned.
Otherwise, a value of -1 shall be returned and
set to indicate the error.
function may fail if:
argument is not a valid semaphore descriptor.
The following sections are informative.
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008,
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