Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (3P)
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--- wait for a signal
int sigsuspend(const sigset_t *sigmask);
function shall replace the current signal mask of the calling thread
with the set of signals pointed to by
and then suspend the thread until delivery of a signal whose action is
either to execute a signal-catching function or to terminate the
process. This shall not cause any other signals that may have been
pending on the process to become pending on the thread.
If the action is to terminate the process then
shall never return. If the action is to execute a signal-catching
shall return after the signal-catching function returns, with the
signal mask restored to the set that existed prior to the
It is not possible to block signals that cannot be ignored. This is
enforced by the system without causing an error to be indicated.
suspends thread execution indefinitely, there is no successful
completion return value. If a return occurs, -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.
Normally, at the beginning of a critical code section, a specified set
of signals is blocked using the
function. When the thread has completed the critical section and
needs to wait for the previously blocked signal(s), it pauses by
with the mask that was returned by the
Code which wants to avoid the ambiguity of the signal mask for thread
cancellation handlers can install an additional cancellation handler
which resets the signal mask to the expected value.
void cleanup(void *arg)
sigset_t *ss = (sigset_t *) arg;
pthread_sigmask(SIG_SETMASK, ss, NULL);
int call_sigsuspend(const sigset_t *mask)
pthread_sigmask(SIG_SETMASK, NULL, &oldmask);
result = sigsuspend(sigmask);
, Signal Concepts,
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008,
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from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology
-- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base
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