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BSD_SIGNAL

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (3)
Updated: 2015-03-02
Index Return to Main Contents
 

NAME

bsd_signal - signal handling with BSD semantics  

SYNOPSIS

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

typedef void (*sighandler_t)(int);

sighandler_t bsd_signal(int signum, sighandler_t handler);  

DESCRIPTION

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

The difference between the two is that bsd_signal() is guaranteed to provide reliable signal semantics, that is: a) the disposition of the signal is not reset to the default when the handler is invoked; b) delivery of further instances of the signal is blocked while the signal handler is executing; and c) if the handler interrupts a blocking system call, then the system call is automatically restarted. A portable application cannot rely on signal(2) to provide these guarantees.  

RETURN VALUE

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

ERRORS

As for signal(2).  

ATTRIBUTES

For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).
InterfaceAttributeValue
bsd_signal() Thread safetyMT-Safe
 

CONFORMING TO

4.2BSD, POSIX.1-2001. POSIX.1-2008 removes the specification of bsd_signal(), recommending the use of sigaction(2) instead.  

NOTES

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

On modern Linux systems, bsd_signal() and signal(2) are equivalent. But on older systems, signal(2) provided unreliable signal semantics; see signal(2) for details.

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

SEE ALSO

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

COLOPHON

This page is part of release 3.81 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, information about reporting bugs, and the latest version of this page, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.


 

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