pthread_mutex_unlock(3)pthread_mutex_unlock(3)NAMEpthread_mutex_unlock - Unlocks the specified mutex
pthread_mutex_t *mutex );
DECthreads POSIX 1003.1c Library (libpthread.so)
Interfaces documented on this reference page conform to industry stan‐
dards as follows:
IEEE Std 1003.1c-1995, POSIX System Application Program Interface
Mutex to be unlocked.
This routine unlocks the mutex specified by the mutex argument.
This routine behaves as follows, based on the type of the specified
mutex: For a normal, default, or errorcheck mutex: if the mutex is
owned by the calling thread, it is unlocked with no current owner. Fur‐
ther, for a normal or default mutex: if the mutex is not locked or is
locked by another thread, this routine can also return [EPERM], but
this is not guaranteed. For an errorcheck mutex: if the mutex is not
locked or is locked by another thread, this routine returns [EPERM].
For a recursive mutex: if the mutex is owned by the calling thread, the
lock count is decremented. The mutex remains locked and owned until the
lock count reaches zero (0). When the lock count reaches zero, the
mutex becomes unlocked with no current owner.
If one or more threads are waiting to lock the specified mutex, and the
mutex becomes unlocked, this routine causes one thread to unblock and
to try to acquire the mutex. The scheduling policy is used to determine
which thread to unblock. For the SCHED_FIFO and SCHED_RR policies, a
blocked thread is chosen in priority order, using first-in/first-out
within priorities. Note that the mutex might not be acquired by the
awakened thread if any other running thread attempts to lock the mutex
On Tru64 UNIX, if a signal is delivered to a thread waiting for a
mutex, upon return from the signal handler, the thread resumes waiting
for the mutex as if it was not interrupted.
If an error condition occurs, this routine returns an integer value
indicating the type of error. Possible return values are as follows:
Successful completion. The value specified for mutex is invalid. The
calling thread does not own the mutex.
Functions: pthread_mutexattr_settype(3), pthread_mutex_destroy(3),
pthread_mutex_init(3), pthread_mutex_lock(3), pthread_mutex_trylock(3)
Manuals: Guide to DECthreads and Programmer's Guide