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$DGBLSC, or Delete Global Section, is a system service that marks an existing permanent global section for deletion.


The Delete Global Section service marks an existing permanent global section for deletion. The actual deletion of the global section takes place when all processes that have mapped the global section have deleted the mapped pages.

After a global section has been marked for deletion, any process that attempts to map it receives the warning return status code SS$_NOSUCHSEC.

Temporary global sections are automatically deleted when the count of processes using the section goes to 0.

On VAX systems, a section located in memory that is shared by multiple processors can be marked for deletion only by a process running on the same processor that created the section.

The $DGBLSC service does not unmap a global section from a process’s virtual address space. To do this, the process should call the Delete Virtual Address Space ($DELTVA or $DELTVA_64) service, which deletes the pages to which the section is mapped.


SYS$DGBLSC [flags] ,gdsnam ,[ident]

C prototype:

int sys$dgblsc (unsigned int flags, void *gsdnam, struct _secid *ident);



OpenVMS usage: mask_longword
Type: longword (unsigned)
Access: read only
Mechanism: by value

Mask indicating global section characteristics. The flags argument is a longword value. A value of 0 (the default) specifies a group global section; a value of SEC$M_SYSGBL specifies a system global section; a value of SEC$M_SHMGS on an OpenVMS Galaxy system creates a shared-memory global section.


OpenVMS usage: section_name
Type: character-coded text string
Access: read only
Mechanism: by descriptor-fixed-length string descriptor

Name of the global section to be deleted. The gsdnam argument is the address of a character string descriptor pointing to this name string.

For group global sections, the operating system interprets the group UIC as part of the global section name; thus, the names of global sections are unique to UIC groups.

You can specify any name from 1 to 43 characters. All processes mapping to the same global section must specify the same name. Note that the name is case sensitive.

Use of characters valid in logical names is strongly encouraged. Valid values include alphanumeric characters, the dollar sign ($), and the underscore (_). If the name string begins with an underscore (_), the underscore is stripped and the resultant string is considered to be the actual name. Use of the colon (:) is not permitted.

Names are first subject to a logical name translation, after the application of the prefix GBL$ to the name. If the result translates, it is used as the name of the section. If the resulting name does not translate, the name specified by the caller is used as the name of the section.

See OpenVMS Programming Concepts Manual for more information on logical name translations and section name procesing.


OpenVMS usage: section_id
Type: quadword (unsigned)
Access: read only
Mechanism: by reference

Identification value specifying the version number of the global section to be deleted and the matching criteria to be applied. The ident argument is the 32- or 64-bit address (on Alpha and I64 systems) or the 32-bit address (on VAX systems) of a quadword structure containing three fields.

The version number is in the second longword. The version number contains two fields: a minor identification in the low-order 24 bits and a major identification in the high-order 8 bits. Values for these fields can be assigned by installation convention to differentiate versions of global sections. If you specify no version number when creating a section, processes that specify a version number when mapping cannot access the global section. The first longword specifies, in its low-order 3 bits, the matching criteria. The valid values, the symbolic names by which they can be specified, and their meanings are listed in the following table:

Value Name Match Criteria
0 SEC$K_MATALL Match all versions of the section
1 SEC$K_MATEQU Match only if major and minor identifications match.
2 SEC$K_MATLEQ Match if the major identifications are equal and the minor identification of the mapper is less than or equal to the minor identification of the global section

If you specify no address or specify it as 0 (the default), the version number and match control fields default to 0.

Condition Values Returned

Value Description
SS$_NORMAL The service completed successfully.
SS$_ACCVIO The global section name or name descriptor or the section identification field cannot be read by the caller.
SS$_INTERLOCK The bit map lock for allocating global sections from the specified shared memory is locked by another process.
SS$_IVLOGNAM The global section name has a length of 0 or has more than 15 characters.
SS$_IVSECFLG You set an invalid flag, reserved flag, or flag requiring a user privilege.
SS$_IVSECIDCTL The section identification match control field is invalid.
SS$_NOPRIV The caller does not have the privilege to delete a system global section, does not have read/write access to a group global section, or does not have the privilege to delete a global section located in memory that is shared by multiple processors.
SS$_NOSUCHSEC The specified global section does not exist, or the identifications do not match.
SS$_NOTCREATOR The section is in memory shared by multiple processors and was created by a process on another processor.
SS$_SHMNOTCNCT (VAX specific) The shared memory named in the name argument is not known to the system. This

error can be caused by a spelling error in the string, an improperly assigned logical name, or the failure to identify the multiport memory as shared at system generation time.

SS$_TOOMANYLNAM The logical name translation of the gsdnam string exceeded the allowed depth of 10.

Required Access or Privileges

Depending on the operation, the calling process might need one or more of the following privileges:

  • SYSGBL privilege to delete a system global section
  • PRMGBL privilege to delete a permanent global section
  • PFNMAP privilege to delete a page frame section
  • SHMEM privilege to delete a global section located in memory shared by

multiple processors

Required Quota


See also