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If I strace a stuck process and see output of the form:

[gaius@redhat64 bin]$ strace -p 18185
Process 18185 attached - interrupt to quit
[ Process PID=18185 runs in 32 bit mode. ]
semop(458760, 0xffa00af0, 1

How would I find out the PID that last incremented the semaphore/that I am waiting for? I know about the lpid column in ipcs -p but that only works for shared memory segments.

My OS is RHEL 5.4 (Tikanga) on x86_64. Thanks!

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Quick and dirty:

#include <sys/sem.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

int main(int argc, char **argv)
    int pid;
    if (argc != 2) return 1;
    pid = semctl(atoi(argv[1]), 0, GETPID);
    printf("%d\n", pid);
    return 0;

(I'm guessing here.)

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Thanks! Easy when you know how :-) –  Gaius Nov 5 '10 at 13:22
semctl(2) man page is at manpagez.com/man/2/semctl. Arguments to the above program assume that you are passing in the ID of the semaphore obtained as "semid" in ipcs -l. The GETPID is "the pid of the last process to perform an operation on semaphore number semnum. The "0" argument is to pick the first semaphore under that semid although if there has been more than one created, you'll have to choose a different number. –  zerolagtime Nov 8 '10 at 3:12
ipcs -s -i semid may also show the same information. semid is the same number given in ipcs -l. –  zerolagtime Nov 8 '10 at 3:15

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