sigprocmask(2)



SIGPROCMASK(2)             Linux Programmer's Manual            SIGPROCMASK(2)

NAME
       sigprocmask - examine and change blocked signals

SYNOPSIS
       #include <signal.h>

       int sigprocmask(int how, const sigset_t *set, sigset_t *oldset);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       sigprocmask(): _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 1 || _XOPEN_SOURCE || _POSIX_SOURCE

DESCRIPTION
       sigprocmask()  is  used  to  fetch and/or change the signal mask of the
       calling thread.  The signal mask is the set of signals  whose  delivery
       is  currently  blocked  for  the  caller  (see  also signal(7) for more
       details).

       The behavior of the call is dependent on the value of how, as follows.

       SIG_BLOCK
              The set of blocked signals is the union of the current  set  and
              the set argument.

       SIG_UNBLOCK
              The  signals  in set are removed from the current set of blocked
              signals.  It is permissible to attempt to unblock a signal which
              is not blocked.

       SIG_SETMASK
              The set of blocked signals is set to the argument set.

       If  oldset is non-NULL, the previous value of the signal mask is stored
       in oldset.

       If set is NULL, then  the  signal  mask  is  unchanged  (i.e.,  how  is
       ignored),  but  the  current  value  of the signal mask is nevertheless
       returned in oldset (if it is not NULL).

       The use of sigprocmask() is unspecified in a multithreaded process; see
       pthread_sigmask(3).

RETURN VALUE
       sigprocmask() returns 0 on success and -1 on error.  In the event of an
       error, errno is set to indicate the cause.

ERRORS
       EFAULT the set or oldset argument points outside  the  process's  allo-
              cated address space.

       EINVAL The value specified in how was invalid.

CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2001.

NOTES
       It  is not possible to block SIGKILL or SIGSTOP.  Attempts to do so are
       silently ignored.

       Each of the threads in a process has its own signal mask.

       A child created via fork(2) inherits a  copy  of  its  parent's  signal
       mask; the signal mask is preserved across execve(2).

       If  SIGBUS,  SIGFPE,  SIGILL,  or  SIGSEGV are generated while they are
       blocked, the result is undefined, unless the signal  was  generated  by
       kill(2), sigqueue(3), or raise(3).

       See sigsetops(3) for details on manipulating signal sets.

SEE ALSO
       kill(2),  pause(2),  sigaction(2),  signal(2),  sigpending(2),  sigsus-
       pend(2), pthread_sigmask(3), sigqueue(3), sigsetops(3), signal(7)

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