The sem_destroy() function shall destroy the unnamed semaphore
indicated by sem. Only a semaphore that was created
using sem_init() 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 reinitialized by another call to sem_init().
It is safe to destroy an initialized semaphore upon which no threads
are currently blocked. The effect of destroying a semaphore
upon which other threads are currently blocked is undefined.
Upon successful completion, a value of zero shall be returned. Otherwise,
a value of -1 shall be returned and errno set
to indicate the error.
The sem_destroy() function shall fail if:
The sem argument is not a valid semaphore.
The sem_destroy() function may fail if:
There are currently processes blocked on the semaphore.
The following sections are informative.
The sem_destroy() function is part of the Semaphores option
and need not be available on all implementations.
semctl() , semget() , semop()
, sem_init() , sem_open() , the Base Definitions volume
IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <semaphore.h>
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