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          shmget - allocates a System V shared memory segment

          #include <sys/ipc.h>
          #include <sys/shm.h>

          int shmget(key_t key, size_t size, int shmflg

          shmget() returns the identifier of the System V shared  mem-
          ory  segment  associated with the value of the argument key.
          It may be used either to obtain the identifier of  a  previ-
          ously created shared memory segment (when shmflg is zero and
          key does not have the value IPC_PRIVATE), or to create a new

          A new shared memory segment, with size equal to the value of
          size  rounded  up  to a multiple of PAGE_SIZE, is created if
          key has the value IPC_PRIVATE or key isn't  IPC_PRIVATE,  no
          shared  memory  segment  corresponding  to  key  exists, and
          IPC_CREAT is specified in shmflg.

          If shmflg specifies both IPC_CREAT and IPC_EXCL and a shared
          memory  segment  already exists for key, then shmget() fails
          with errno set to EEXIST.  (This is analogous to the  effect
          of the combination O_CREAT | O_EXCL for open(2).)

          The value shmflg is composed of:

               Create a new segment.  If this flag is not  used,  then
               shmget()  will find the segment associated with key and
               check to see if the user has permission to  access  the

               This flag is used with IPC_CREAT to  ensure  that  this
               call  creates  the  segment.   If  the  segment already
               exists, the call fails.

          SHM_HUGETLB (since Linux 2.6)
               Allocate the segment using "huge pages."  See the Linux
               kernel       source      file      Documentation/admin-
               guide/mm/hugetlbpage.rst for further information.

          SHM_HUGE_2MB, SHM_HUGE_1GB (since Linux 3.8)
               Used in conjunction with SHM_HUGETLB to select alterna-
               tive  hugetlb  page sizes (respectively, 2 MB and 1 GB)
               on systems that support multiple hugetlb page sizes.

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               More generally, the desired huge page size can be  con-
               figured by encoding the base-2 logarithm of the desired
               page size in the six bits at the offset SHM_HUGE_SHIFT.
               Thus, the above two constants are defined as:

                   #define SHM_HUGE_2MB    (21 << SHM_HUGE_SHIFT)
                   #define SHM_HUGE_1GB    (30 << SHM_HUGE_SHIFT)

               For some additional details, see the discussion of  the
               similarly named constants in mmap(2).

          SHM_NORESERVE (since Linux 2.6.15)
               This flag  serves  the  same  purpose  as  the  mmap(2)
               MAP_NORESERVE flag.  Do not reserve swap space for this
               segment.  When swap space  is  reserved,  one  has  the
               guarantee  that  it  is possible to modify the segment.
               When swap space is not reserved one might  get  SIGSEGV
               upon  a  write if no physical memory is available.  See
               also     the      discussion      of      the      file
               /proc/sys/vm/overcommit_memory in proc(5).

          In addition to the above flags, the least significant 9 bits
          of  shmflg  specify  the  permissions  granted to the owner,
          group, and others.  These bits have the same format, and the
          same  meaning,  as the mode argument of open(2).  Presently,
          execute permissions are not used by the system.

          When a new shared memory segment is  created,  its  contents
          are  initialized  to  zero  values,  and its associated data
          structure, shmid_ds (see shmctl(2)), is initialized as  fol-

          +o shm_perm.cuid and shm_perm.uid are set  to  the  effective
            user ID of the calling process.

          +o shm_perm.cgid and shm_perm.gid are set  to  the  effective
            group ID of the calling process.

          +o The least significant 9 bits of shm_perm.mode are  set  to
            the least significant 9 bit of shmflg.

          +o shm_segsz is set to the value of size.

          +o shm_lpid, shm_nattch, shm_atime, and shm_dtime are set  to

          +o shm_ctime is set to the current time.

          If the shared memory segment already exists, the permissions
          are verified, and a check is made to see if it is marked for

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          On success, a valid shared memory  identifier  is  returned.
          On  error,  -1 is returned, and errno is set to indicate the

          On failure, errno is set to one of the following:

               The user does not have permission to access the  shared
               memory  segment,  and  does  not have the CAP_IPC_OWNER
               capability in the user namespace that governs  its  IPC

               IPC_CREAT and IPC_EXCL were specified in shmflg, but  a
               shared memory segment already exists for key.

               A new segment was to be created and size is  less  than
               SHMMIN or greater than SHMMAX.

               A segment for the given key exists, but size is greater
               than the size of that segment.

               The system-wide limit on the total number of open files
               has been reached.

               No segment exists for the given key, and IPC_CREAT  was
               not specified.

               No memory could be allocated for segment overhead.

               All  possible  shared  memory  IDs  have   been   taken
               (SHMMNI), or allocating a segment of the requested size
               would cause the system to exceed the system-wide  limit
               on shared memory (SHMALL).

               The SHM_HUGETLB flag was specified, but the caller  was
               not  privileged (did not have the CAP_IPC_LOCK capabil-

          POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, SVr4.

          SHM_HUGETLB and SHM_NORESERVE are Linux extensions.

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          The  inclusion  of  <sys/types.h>  and   <sys/ipc.h>   isn't
          required on Linux or by any version of POSIX.  However, some
          old implementations required the inclusion of  these  header
          files, and the SVID also documented their inclusion.  Appli-
          cations intended to be portable to such old systems may need
          to include these header files.

          IPC_PRIVATE isn't a flag field but a key_t  type.   If  this
          special  value  is used for key, the system call ignores all
          but the least significant 9 bits of shmflg and creates a new
          shared memory segment.

        Shared memory limits
          The following limits  on  shared  memory  segment  resources
          affect the shmget() call:

               System-wide limit on the total amount of shared memory,
               measured in units of the system page size.

               On Linux, this limit  can  be  read  and  modified  via
               /proc/sys/kernel/shmall.  Since Linux 3.16, the default
               value for this limit is:

                   ULONG_MAX - 2^24

               The effect of this value (which is  suitable  for  both
               32-bit  and  64-bit systems) is to impose no limitation
               on allocations.  This value, rather than ULONG_MAX, was
               chosen  as the default to prevent some cases where his-
               torical applications simply raised the  existing  limit
               without  first checking its current value.  Such appli-
               cations would cause the value to overflow if the  limit
               was set at ULONG_MAX.

               From Linux 2.4 up to Linux 3.15, the default value  for
               this limit was:

                   SHMMAX / PAGE_SIZE * (SHMMNI / 16)

               If SHMMAX and SHMMNI were not modified, then  multiply-
               ing the result of this formula by the page size (to get
               a value in bytes) yielded a value of 8 GB as the  limit
               on the total memory used by all shared memory segments.

               Maximum size in bytes for a shared memory segment.

               On Linux, this limit  can  be  read  and  modified  via
               /proc/sys/kernel/shmmax.  Since Linux 3.16, the default
               value for this limit is:

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                   ULONG_MAX - 2^24

               The effect of this value (which is  suitable  for  both
               32-bit  and  64-bit systems) is to impose no limitation
               on allocations.  See the description of  SHMALL  for  a
               discussion  of  why  this  default  value  (rather than
               ULONG_MAX) is used.

               From Linux 2.2 up to Linux 3.15, the default  value  of
               this limit was 0x2000000 (32 MB).

               Because it is not possible to map just part of a shared
               memory  segment,  the  amount  of virtual memory places
               another limit on the maximum size of a usable  segment:
               for  example,  on i386 the largest segments that can be
               mapped have a size of around 2.8 GB, and on x86-64  the
               limit is around 127 TB.

               Minimum size in bytes  for  a  shared  memory  segment:
               implementation  dependent  (currently  1  byte,  though
               PAGE_SIZE is the effective minimum size).

               System-wide limit on the number of shared  memory  seg-
               ments.   In Linux 2.2, the default value for this limit
               was 128; since Linux 2.4, the default value is 4096.

               On Linux, this limit  can  be  read  and  modified  via

          The implementation has  no  specific  limits  for  the  per-
          process maximum number of shared memory segments (SHMSEG).

        Linux notes
          Until  version  2.3.30,  Linux  would  return  EIDRM  for  a
          shmget() on a shared memory segment scheduled for deletion.

          The name choice IPC_PRIVATE was perhaps unfortunate, IPC_NEW
          would more clearly show its function.

          See shmop(2).

          memfd_create(2),  shmat(2),  shmctl(2),  shmdt(2),  ftok(3),
          capabilities(7), shm_overview(7), sysvipc(7)

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