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8.212. Thread::Semaphore

Provides a mechanism to regulate access to resources. Semaphores are more general than locks because they aren't tied to a particular scalar. They can have values other than 0 or 1 and can be incremented or decremented by a specified number.

new

$sem = new Thread::Semaphore([val])

Constructor. Creates a new semaphore object, with an optional initial count of val, or 1 if val isn't specified.

down

down [number]

Decrements the semaphore's count by the specified number, which defaults to 1. If the resulting count would be negative, blocks until the semaphore's count has been increased to be equal to or larger than the amount you want to decrease it.

up

up [number]

Increments the semaphore's count by the specified number, which defaults to 1. If a thread is blocked waiting to decrement the count, and the increment brings the count high enough, the blocked thread is unblocked.



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