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swapcontext - Man Page

Swap out old context with new context


int sys_swapcontext (struct ucontext *old_ctx, struct ucontext *new_ctx, int r5, int r6, int r7, int r8, struct pt_regs *regs);


swapcontext swaps out context old_ctx with new context new_ctx. The int r# values have no place in the system call functionality. The regs value indicates the current user register values from the user stack.

Return Value

swapcontext returns 0 on success; otherwise, swapcontext returns one of the errors listed in the "Errors" section.



swapcontext could not verify that the memory area pointed to by old_ctx or new_ctx was accessible for the operation.


A fault occurred when the context was being copied into the kernel's image of the user's registers. The should only occur in an out-of-memory situation.

See Also

getcontext(2), sigaction(2), sigaltstack(2), sigprocmask(2)


Niki Rahimi

Referenced By


2004-March-12 Linux 2.6 Programmer's Guide