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SIGNAL

Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (P) Updated: 2003
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NAME

signal - signal management  

SYNOPSIS

#include <signal.h>

void (*signal(int sig, void (*func)(int)))(int);
 

DESCRIPTION

Use of this function is unspecified in a multi-threaded process.

The signal() function chooses one of three ways in which receipt of the signal number sig is to be subsequently handled. If the value of func is SIG_DFL, default handling for that signal shall occur. If the value of func is SIG_IGN, the signal shall be ignored. Otherwise, the application shall ensure that func points to a function to be called when that signal occurs. An invocation of such a function because of a signal, or (recursively) of any further functions called by that invocation (other than functions in the standard library), is called a "signal handler".

When a signal occurs, and func points to a function, it is implementation-defined whether the equivalent of a:


signal(sig, SIG_DFL);

is executed or the implementation prevents some implementation-defined set of signals (at least including sig) from occurring until the current signal handling has completed. (If the value of sig is SIGILL, the implementation may alternatively define that no action is taken.) Next the equivalent of:


(*func)(sig);

is executed. If and when the function returns, if the value of sig was SIGFPE, SIGILL, or SIGSEGV or any other implementation-defined value corresponding to a computational exception, the behavior is undefined. Otherwise, the program shall resume execution at the point it was interrupted. If the signal occurs as the result of calling the abort(), raise(), kill(), pthread_kill(), or sigqueue() function, the signal handler shall not call the raise() function.

If the signal occurs other than as the result of calling abort(), raise(), kill(), pthread_kill(), or sigqueue(),  the behavior is undefined if the signal handler refers to any object with static storage duration other than by assigning a value to an object declared as volatile sig_atomic_t, or if the signal handler calls any function in the standard library other than one of the functions listed in Signal Concepts . Furthermore, if such a call fails, the value of errno is unspecified.

At program start-up, the equivalent of:


signal(sig, SIG_IGN);

is executed for some signals, and the equivalent of:


signal(sig, SIG_DFL);

is executed for all other signals  (see exec).  

RETURN VALUE

If the request can be honored, signal() shall return the value of func for the most recent call to signal() for the specified signal sig. Otherwise, SIG_ERR shall be returned and a positive value shall be stored in errno.  

ERRORS

The signal() function shall fail if:

EINVAL
The sig argument is not a valid signal number or an attempt is made to catch a signal that cannot be caught or ignore a signal that cannot be ignored.

The signal() function may fail if:

EINVAL
An attempt was made to set the action to SIG_DFL for a signal that cannot be caught or ignored (or both).

The following sections are informative.  

EXAMPLES

None.  

APPLICATION USAGE

The sigaction() function provides a more comprehensive and reliable mechanism for controlling signals; new applications should use sigaction() rather than signal().  

RATIONALE

None.  

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

None.  

SEE ALSO

Signal Concepts , exec() , pause() , sigaction() , sigsuspend() , waitid() , the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <signal.h>  

COPYRIGHT

Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
RETURN VALUE
ERRORS
EXAMPLES
APPLICATION USAGE
RATIONALE
FUTURE DIRECTIONS
SEE ALSO
COPYRIGHT

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