raise man page


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raise — send a signal to the executing process


#include <signal.h>

int raise(int sig);


The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1‐2008 defers to the ISO C standard.

The raise() function shall send the signal sig to the executing thread or process. If a signal handler is called, the raise() function shall not return until after the signal handler does.

The effect of the raise() function shall be equivalent to calling:

pthread_kill(pthread_self(), sig);

Return Value

Upon successful completion, 0 shall be returned. Otherwise, a non-zero value shall be returned and errno shall be set to indicate the error.


The raise() function shall fail if:

The value of the sig argument is an invalid signal number.

The following sections are informative.


The term “thread” is an extension to the ISO C standard.

See Also

kill(), sigaction()

The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, <signal.h>, <sys_types.h>