Prototype: int sem_wait(sem_t *sem);
#include <semaphore.h> sem_t sem; int ret; ret = sem_wait(&sem); /* wait for semaphore */
Use sem_wait(3R) to block the calling thread until the count in the semaphore pointed to by sem becomes greater than zero, then atomically decrement it.
sem_wait() returns zero after completing successfully. Any other returned value indicates that an error occurred. When any of the following conditions occur, the function fails and returns the corresponding value.