PROLOG This manual page is part of the POSIX Programmer s Manual. The Linux implementation of this interface may differ (consult the corresponding Linux manual page for details of Linux behavior), or the interface may not be implemented on Linux.

NAME bsd_signal - simplified signal facilities

SYNOPSIS #include <signal.h>

void (*bsd_signal(int sig, void (*func)(int)))(int);

DESCRIPTION The bsd_signal() function provides a partially compatible interface for programs written to historical system interfaces (see APPLICATION USAGE).

The function call bsd_signal(sig, func) shall be equivalent to the fol- lowing:

void (*bsd_signal(int sig, void (*func)(int)))(int) { struct sigaction act, oact;

act.sa_handler = func; act.sa_flags = SA_RESTART;

sigemptyset(&act.sa_mask); sigaddset(&act.sa_mask, sig); if (sigaction(sig, &act, &oact) == -1) return(SIG_ERR);

return(oact.sa_handler); }

The handler function should be declared:

void handler(int sig);

where sig is the signal number. The behavior is undefined if func is a function that takes more than one argument, or an argument of a differ- ent type.

RETURN VALUE Upon successful completion, bsd_signal() shall return the previous action for sig. Otherwise, SIG_ERR shall be returned and errno shall be set to indicate the error.

ERRORS Refer to sigaction() .

The following sections are informative.


APPLICATION USAGE This function is a direct replacement for the BSD signal() function for simple applications that are installing a single-argument signal han- dler function. If a BSD signal handler function is being installed that expects more than one argument, the application has to be modified to use sigaction(). The bsd_signal() function differs from signal() in that the SA_RESTART flag is set and the SA_RESETHAND is clear when bsd_signal() is used. The state of these flags is not specified for signal().

It is recommended that new applications use the sigaction() function.



SEE ALSO sigaction() , sigaddset() , sigemptyset() , signal() , the Base Defini- tions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <signal.h>

COPYRIGHT Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at .

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