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sighold, sigignore, sigpause, sigrelse, sigset — signal management

Synopsis

#include <signal.h>

int sighold(int sig);
int sigignore(int sig);
int sigpause(int sig);
int sigrelse(int sig);
void (*sigset(int sig, void (*disp)(int)))(int);

Description

Use of any of these functions is unspecified in a multi-threaded process.

The sighold(), sigignore(), sigpause(), sigrelse(), and sigset() functions provide simplified signal management.

The sigset() function shall modify signal dispositions. The sig argument specifies the signal, which may be any signal except SIGKILL and SIGSTOP. The disp argument specifies the signal's disposition, which may be SIG_DFL, SIG_IGN, or the address of a signal handler. If sigset() is used, and disp is the address of a signal handler, the system shall add sig to the signal mask of the calling process before executing the signal handler; when the signal handler returns, the system shall restore the signal mask of the calling process to its state prior to the delivery of the signal. In addition, if sigset() is used, and disp is equal to SIG_HOLD, sig shall be added to the signal mask of the calling process and sig's disposition shall remain unchanged. If sigset() is used, and disp is not equal to SIG_HOLD, sig shall be removed from the signal mask of the calling process.

The sighold() function shall add sig to the signal mask of the calling process.

The sigrelse() function shall remove sig from the signal mask of the calling process.

The sigignore() function shall set the disposition of sig to SIG_IGN.

The sigpause() function shall remove sig from the signal mask of the calling process and suspend the calling process until a signal is received. The sigpause() function shall restore the signal mask of the process to its original state before returning.

If the action for the SIGCHLD signal is set to SIG_IGN, child processes of the calling processes shall not be transformed into zombie processes when they terminate. If the calling process subsequently waits for its children, and the process has no unwaited-for children that were transformed into zombie processes, it shall block until all of its children terminate, and wait(), waitid(), and waitpid() shall fail and set errno to [ECHILD].

Return Value

Upon successful completion, sigset() shall return SIG_HOLD if the signal had been blocked and the signal's previous disposition if it had not been blocked. Otherwise, SIG_ERR shall be returned and errno set to indicate the error.

The sigpause() function shall suspend execution of the thread until a signal is received, whereupon it shall return -1 and set errno to [EINTR].

For all other functions, upon successful completion, 0 shall be returned. Otherwise, -1 shall be returned and errno set to indicate the error.

Errors

These functions shall fail if:

EINVAL
The sig argument is an illegal signal number.

The sigset() and sigignore() functions shall fail if:

EINVAL
An attempt is made to catch a signal that cannot be caught, or to ignore a signal that cannot be ignored.

The following sections are informative.

Application Usage

The sigaction() function provides a more comprehensive and reliable mechanism for controlling signals; new applications should use the sigaction() function instead of the obsolescent sigset() function.

The sighold() function, in conjunction with sigrelse() or sigpause(), may be used to establish critical regions of code that require the delivery of a signal to be temporarily deferred. For broader portability, the pthread_sigmask() or sigprocmask() functions should be used instead of the obsolescent sighold() and sigrelse() functions.

For broader portability, the sigsuspend() function should be used instead of the obsolescent sigpause() function.

Rationale

Each of these historic functions has a direct analog in the other functions which are required to be per-thread and thread-safe (aside from sigprocmask(), which is replaced by pthread_sigmask()). The sigset() function can be implemented as a simple wrapper for sigaction(). The sighold() function is equivalent to sigprocmask() or pthread_sigmask() with SIG_BLOCK set. The sigignore() function is equivalent to sigaction() with SIG_IGN set. The sigpause() function is equivalent to sigsuspend(). The sigrelse() function is equivalent to sigprocmask() or pthread_sigmask() with SIG_UNBLOCK set.

Future Directions

These functions may be removed in a future version.

See Also

Section 2.4, Signal Concepts, exec, pause(), pthread_sigmask(), sigaction(), signal(), sigsuspend(), wait(), waitid()

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

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