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unix system programming....shmget error

Posted on 2007-11-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
Hello experts,

I have a really urgent question. I'm doing a system programming for my os class. When I use shmget function, I get an error saying invalid argument....I don't understand. Can anyone help~~~?

struct mySharedMem{

mySharedMem* shm;                                                            

int main(int argc, char* argv[]){
  mySharedMem* shm;
  int shmId;
  key_t key = KEYVALUE;

  int numProcesses;
  pid_t pid;

  if((shmId = shmget(key, sizeof(mySharedMem), IPC_CREAT|0666)) <0){
    perror("Error in main: shmget");     //I get error message from this line!!!!
    exit(1);                                            // error is "Error in main:shmget: invalid argument"

Question by:shinymoon
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Accepted Solution

PCableGuy earned 500 total points
ID: 20306356
I think the problem is in this part, what is "key" refer to? Check that first, and correct it if necessary, and report back.

shmget(key, sizeof(mySharedMem), IPC_CREAT|0666)

Author Comment

ID: 20306767
Thanks for responding.

at the begining of my program,  I defined KEYVALUE like below
/#define KEYVALUE 5678

but, I changed my code as your advice and run it again..I get the exactly same error
my code looks like .....

int main(int argc, char* argv[]){
  mySharedMem* shm;
  int shmId;
  key_t key = 5678;

  if((shmId = shmget(key, sizeof(mySharedMem), IPC_CREAT|0666)) <0){
    perror("Error in main: shmget");

which argument is invalid !?

Author Comment

ID: 20306771
and the error is...
Error in main: shmget: Invalid argument

Author Comment

ID: 20306782
oh, I just tried a different value for key that is 123. It worked. Thanks ^^
Is there any limitation to assign the value for the key???
LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 20307721
Hi shinymoon,

Most of the code I've seen usually uses IPC_PRIVATE as the key. Otherwise, I think you might need to use the ftok function to get a key. In other words, I don't think it can be an arbitrary number. Perhaps, that's a good question for your programming class instructor.


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