Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (3P)
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--- suspend the thread until a signal is received
function shall suspend the calling thread until delivery of a signal
whose action is either to execute a signal-catching function or to
terminate the process.
If the action is to terminate the process,
shall not return.
If the action is to execute a signal-catching function,
shall return after the signal-catching function returns.
suspends thread execution indefinitely unless interrupted by a signal,
there is no successful completion return value. A value of -1 shall
be returned and
set to indicate the error.
function shall fail if:
A signal is caught by the calling process and control is returned from
the signal-catching function.
The following sections are informative.
Many common uses of
have timing windows. The scenario involves checking a condition
related to a signal and, if the signal has not occurred, calling
When the signal occurs between the check and the call to
the process often blocks indefinitely. The
functions can be used to avoid this type of problem.
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008,
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