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 sem_unlink(2)						       sem_unlink(2)




 NAME
      sem_unlink - unlink a named POSIX semaphore

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

      int sem_unlink(const char *name);

 DESCRIPTION
      sem_unlink() is used to unlink named semaphores.	A successful call to
      sem_unlink() marks the semaphore, specified by name, for removal.
      Calling sem_unlink() does not affect processes, including the calling
      process, which currently have a descriptor, obtained from a call to
      sem_open().  Named semaphores are uniquely identified by character
      strings.	All character string names will be pre-processed to ensure
      variations of a pathname resolve to the same semaphore name.  If the
      semaphore is successfully marked for removal by a call to
      sem_unlink(), the semaphore will be removed when all processes remove
      their descriptors to the specified semaphore by calling sem_close().
      Subsequent calls to sem_open() using the string name will refer to a
      new semaphore.

      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_unlink() will remove the named semaphore
      named by the string name.	 If the semaphore is currently referenced by
      one or more processes, the semaphore will be marked for removal and
      removed when there are no more processes referencing it.

	   sem_unlink(name);

 RETURN VALUE
      If the semaphore was unlinked successfully, sem_unlink() returns 0.

      If the semaphore could not be unlinked, the call returns -1 and sets
      errno to indicate the error.

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

	   [EACCES]	  The named semaphore exists and the process does
			  not have the permissions to unlink the semaphore.

	   [ENAMETOOLONG] The name string is longer than {PATH_MAX}.

	   [ENOENT]	  The flag O_CREAT is not set in oflag (see
			  sem_open(2)) and the named semaphore does not
			  exist.



 Hewlett-Packard Company	    - 1 -   HP-UX Release 11i: November 2000






 sem_unlink(2)						       sem_unlink(2)




 SEE ALSO
      sem_close(2), sem_open(2), <semaphore.h>.

 STANDARDS CONFORMANCE
      sem_unlink(): POSIX

















































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