Error in sem_init (cygwin-1.1.7-1)

Torben Nielsen
Wed Jan 3 07:44:00 GMT 2001

The following code sequence fails (does not wait):

	sem_t sem;
	sem_init(&sem, 0, 0);

I believe the reason is found in ./winsup/cygwin/ line 437 (20001228 snapshot):

	item->win32_obj_id = ::CreateSemaphore (&sec_none_nih, _v, _v, NULL);

The third parameter is the maximum count for the semaphore, and it is not allowed to be zero or less
according to Microsofts documentation. If I replace this line with

	item->win32_obj_id = ::CreateSemaphore (&sec_none_nih, _v, LONG_MAX, NULL);

the above example works just fine. If possible, I would like a comment on this.

Regards, Torben Nielsen

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