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 sem_post(2)							 sem_post(2)




 NAME
      sem_post	- unlock a POSIX semaphore

 SYNOPSIS
      #include <&lt&lt&lt;sys/semaphore.h>&gt&gt&gt;

      int sem_post(sem_t *sem);

 DESCRIPTION
      sem_post() is used to post the semaphore referenced by sem.  The
      calling thread will not return from its call to sem_post() unless it
      can either: increment the semaphore value, if there are no blocked
      threads on this semaphore; give the semaphore to a blocked thread, if
      there are any blocked threads on this semaphore; or have an error
      condition.

      If the semaphore value is < 0, the semaphore has blocked threads,
      waiting for it to become available (the absolute value of the
      semaphore's value indicates the number of waiters at that moment).  If
      the semaphore value is >= 0, the semaphore has no waiters.

      If the semaphore has no waiters at the time its value is checked, the
      semaphore's value will be atomically incremented, with respect to the
      checking of its value, up to its maximum value as specified by
      {_POSIX_SEM_VALUE_MAX}.  If the semaphore has waiters at the time its
      value is checked, the semaphore value is not changed.  Instead, the
      calling thread will attempt to wake up a waiter.	If the semaphore has
      waiters having realtime priorities, the thread must wake up the
      highest priority waiter.	Otherwise the thread at the head of the
      channel queue is woken up.

      When a waiter is successfully woken, the semaphore being posted will
      be given to the woken waiter.  In other words, the state of the
      semaphore remains unchanged.  Instead, the semaphore being posted will
      be inherited by the waiter being woken from this call to sem_post().

      If the specified semaphore referred to by sem is a named semaphore,
      then this semaphore must have been opened by the calling process with
      sem_open().  The calling process must have both read and write
      permissions on the semaphore to perform this operation.  The
      sem_post() routine may be called asynchronously, i.e. from a signal
      handler.

      To use this function, link in the realtime library by specifying -lrt
      on the compiler or linker command line.

 EXAMPLES
      The following call to sem_post() will post the semaphore sem.

	   sem_post(sem);




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 sem_post(2)							 sem_post(2)




 RETURN VALUE
      A successful call to sem_post() will return 0 and the calling thread
      would have posted the semaphore.	Otherwise, the call to sem_post()
      will return -1 with errno set to the appropriate value of the error
      condition.

 ERRORS
      sem_post() fails and does not perform the requested operation if any
      of the following conditions are encountered:

	   [EPERM]	  The calling process does not have the privileges
			  necessary to post the semaphore.

	   [EINVAL]	  The argument sem does not refer to a valid
			  semaphore.

 SEE ALSO
      <semaphore.h>.

 STANDARDS CONFORMANCE
      sem_post(): POSIX

































 Hewlett-Packard Company	    - 2 -   HP-UX Release 11i: November 2000