Initializes a semaphore in a mapped file or shared memory region.
Standard C Library (libc.a)
msemaphore *msem_init (Sem, InitialValue) msemaphore *Sem; int InitialValue;
The msem_init subroutine allocates a new binary semaphore and initializes the state of the new semaphore.
If the value of the InitialValue parameter is MSEM_LOCKED, the new semaphore is initialized in the locked state. If the value of the InitialValue parameter is MSEM_UNLOCKED, the new semaphore is initialized in the unlocked state.
The msemaphore structure is located within a mapped file or shared memory region created by a successful call to the mmap subroutine and having both read and write access.
Whether a semaphore is created in a mapped file or in an anonymous shared memory region, any reference by a process that has mapped the same file or shared region, using an msemaphore structure pointer that resolved to the same file or start of region offset, is taken as a reference to the same semaphore.
Any previous semaphore state stored in the msemaphore structure is ignored and overwritten.
|Sem||Points to an msemaphore structure in which the state of the semaphore is stored.|
|Initial Value||Determines whether the semaphore is locked or unlocked at allocation.|
When successful, the msem_init subroutine returns a pointer to the initialized msemaphore structure. Otherwise, it returns a null value and sets the errno global variable to indicate the error.
If the msem_init subroutine is unsuccessful, the errno global variable is set to one of the following values:
|EINVAL||Indicates the InitialValue parameter is not valid.|
|ENOMEM||Indicates a new semaphore could not be created.|
The msem_init subroutine is part of Base Operating System (BOS) Runtime.
The mmap subroutine, msem_lock subroutine, msem_remove subroutine, msem_unlock subroutine.
List of Memory Mapping Services and Understanding Memory Mapping in AIX Version 4.3 General Programming Concepts: Writing and Debugging Programs.