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Signal handling with BSD semantics.

BSD_SIGNAL(3)                       Linux Programmer's Manual                       BSD_SIGNAL(3)

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 sig‐ nal(2). The difference between the two is that bsd_signal() is guaranteed to provide reliable sig‐ nal 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). ┌─────────────┬───────────────┬─────────┐ │Interface │ Attribute │ Value │ ├─────────────┼───────────────┼─────────┤ │bsd_signal() │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │ └─────────────┴───────────────┴─────────┘
CONFORMING TO 4.2BSD, POSIX.1-2001. POSIX.1-2008 removes the specification of bsd_signal(), recommend‐ ing 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)
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2015-03-02 BSD_SIGNAL(3)
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bsd_signal(3) referred by signal(2) | sysv_signal(3)
refer to attributes(7) | feature_test_macros(7) | sigaction(2) | signal(2) | signal(7) | sysv_signal(3)