Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (3P)
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--- destroy an unnamed semaphore
int sem_destroy(sem_t *sem);
function shall destroy the unnamed semaphore indicated by
Only a semaphore that was created using
may be destroyed using
the effect of calling
with a named semaphore is undefined. The effect of subsequent use of
is undefined until
is reinitialized by another call to
It is safe to destroy an initialized 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 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.
There are currently processes blocked on the semaphore.
The following sections are informative.
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008,
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