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SEM_WAIT(3)                Library Functions Manual                SEM_WAIT(3)

NAME
     sem_wait, sem_trywait -- decrement (lock) a semaphore

LIBRARY
     POSIX Real-time Library (librt, -lrt)

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

     int
     sem_wait(sem_t *sem);

     int
     sem_trywait(sem_t *sem);

DESCRIPTION
     The sem_wait() function decrements (locks) the semaphore pointed to by
     sem, but blocks if the value of sem is zero, until the value is non-zero
     and the value can be decremented.

     The sem_trywait() function decrements (locks) the semaphore pointed to by
     sem only if the value is non-zero.  Otherwise, the semaphore is not
     decremented and an error is returned.

RETURN VALUES
     The sem_wait() 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_wait() and sem_trywait() will fail if:

     [EINVAL]           sem points to an invalid semaphore.

     Additionally, sem_trywait() will fail if:

     [EAGAIN]           The semaphore value was zero, and thus could not be
                        decremented.

SEE ALSO
     sem_post(3)

STANDARDS
     sem_wait() and sem_trywait() conform to ISO/IEC 9945-1:1996
     (``POSIX.1'').

NetBSD 6.1.5                   January 22, 2003                   NetBSD 6.1.5