Manual Reference Pages  - SYSV_SIGNAL (3)

NAME

sysv_signal - signal handling with System V semantics

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Errors
Notes
Colophon

SYNOPSIS

#define _GNU_SOURCE /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
#include <signal.h>

typedef void (*sighandler_t)(int);

sighandler_t sysv_signal(int signum, sighandler_t handler);

DESCRIPTION

The sysv_signal() function takes the same arguments, and performs the same task, as signal(2).

However sysv_signal() provides the System V unreliable signal semantics, that is: a) the disposition of the signal is reset to the default when the handler is invoked; b) delivery of further instances of the signal is not blocked while the signal handler is executing; and c) if the handler interrupts (certain) blocking system calls, then the system call is not automatically restarted.

RETURN VALUE

The sysv_signal() function returns the previous value of the signal handler, or SIG_ERR on error.

ERRORS

As for signal(2).

CONFORMING TO

This function is nonstandard.

NOTES

Use of sysv_signal() should be avoided; use sigaction(2) instead.

On older Linux systems, sysv_signal() and signal(2) were equivalent. But on newer systems, signal(2) provides reliable signal semantics; see signal(2) for details.

The use of sighandler_t is a GNU extension; this type is only defined if the _GNU_SOURCE feature test macro is defined.

SEE ALSO

sigaction(2), signal(2), bsd_signal(3), signal(7)

COLOPHON

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SYSV_SIGNAL (3) 2007-05-04
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