- destroy an unnamed semaphore
cc [ flag... ] file... -lrt [ library... ] #include <semaphore.h> int sem_destroy(sem_t *sem);
The sem_destroy() function is used to destroy the unnamed semaphore indicated by sem. Only a semaphore that was created using sem_init(3RT) may be destroyed using sem_destroy(); the effect of calling sem_destroy() with a named semaphore is undefined. The effect of subsequent use of the semaphore sem is undefined until sem is re-initialized by another call to sem_init(3RT).
It is safe to destroy an initialised semaphore upon which no threads are currently blocked. The effect of destroying a semaphore upon which other threads are currently blocked is undefined.
If successful, sem_destroy() returns 0, otherwise it returns -1 and sets errno to indicate the error.
The sem_destroy() function will fail if:
The sem argument is not a valid semaphore.
The sem_destroy() function may fail if:
There are currently processes (or LWPs or threads) blocked on the semaphore.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: