# Atmel Software Framework

xSemaphoreGive

semphr.

h

xSemaphoreGive( xSemaphoreHandle xSemaphore )

Macro to release a semaphore. The semaphore must have previously been created with a call to vSemaphoreCreateBinary(), xSemaphoreCreateMutex() or xSemaphoreCreateCounting(). and obtained using sSemaphoreTake().

This macro must not be used from an ISR. See xSemaphoreGiveFromISR () for an alternative which can be used from an ISR.

This macro must also not be used on semaphores created using xSemaphoreCreateRecursiveMutex().

Parameters
 xSemaphore A handle to the semaphore being released. This is the handle returned when the semaphore was created.
Returns
pdTRUE if the semaphore was released. pdFALSE if an error occurred. Semaphores are implemented using queues. An error can occur if there is no space on the queue to post a message - indicating that the semaphore was not first obtained correctly.

Example usage:

 xSemaphoreHandle xSemaphore = NULL;
 void vATask( void * pvParameters )
{
Create the semaphore to guard a shared resource.
vSemaphoreCreateBinary( xSemaphore );
    if( xSemaphore != NULL )
{
if( xSemaphoreGive( xSemaphore ) != pdTRUE )
{
We would expect this call to fail because we cannot give
a semaphore without first "taking" it!
}
Obtain the semaphore - don't block if the semaphore is not
immediately available.
if( xSemaphoreTake( xSemaphore, ( portTickType ) 0 ) )
{
We now have the semaphore and can access the shared resource.
...
We have finished accessing the shared resource so can free the
semaphore.
if( xSemaphoreGive( xSemaphore ) != pdTRUE )
{
We would not expect this call to fail because we must have
obtained the semaphore to get here.
}
}
}
}