PTHREAD_SIGMASK(P) POSIX Programmer's Manual PTHREAD_SIGMASK(P)
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pthread_sigmask, sigprocmask - examine and change blocked signals
int pthread_sigmask(int how, const sigset_t *restrict set,
sigset_t *restrict oset);
int sigprocmask(int how, const sigset_t *restrict set,
sigset_t *restrict oset);
The pthread_sigmask() function shall examine or change (or both) the
calling thread's signal mask, regardless of the number of threads in
the process. The function shall be equivalent to sigprocmask(), without
the restriction that the call be made in a single-threaded process.
In a single-threaded process, the sigprocmask() function shall examine
or change (or both) the signal mask of the calling thread.
If the argument set is not a null pointer, it points to a set of sig-
nals to be used to change the currently blocked set.
The argument how indicates the way in which the set is changed, and the
application shall ensure it consists of one of the following values:
The resulting set shall be the union of the current set and the
signal set pointed to by set.
The resulting set shall be the signal set pointed to by set.
The resulting set shall be the intersection of the current set
and the complement of the signal set pointed to by set.
If the argument oset is not a null pointer, the previous mask shall be
stored in the location pointed to by oset. If set is a null pointer,
the value of the argument how is not significant and the process' sig-
nal mask shall be unchanged; thus the call can be used to enquire about
currently blocked signals.
If there are any pending unblocked signals after the call to sigproc-
mask(), at least one of those signals shall be delivered before the
call to sigprocmask() returns.
It is not possible to block those signals which cannot be ignored.
This shall be enforced by the system without causing an error to be
If any of the SIGFPE, SIGILL, SIGSEGV, or SIGBUS signals are generated
while they are blocked, the result is undefined, unless the signal was
generated by the kill() function, the sigqueue() function, or the
If sigprocmask() fails, the thread's signal mask shall not be changed.
The use of the sigprocmask() function is unspecified in a multi-
Upon successful completion pthread_sigmask() shall return 0; otherwise,
it shall return the corresponding error number.
Upon successful completion, sigprocmask() shall return 0; otherwise, -1
shall be returned, errno shall be set to indicate the error, and the
process' signal mask shall be unchanged.
The pthread_sigmask() and sigprocmask() functions shall fail if:
EINVAL The value of the how argument is not equal to one of the defined
The pthread_sigmask() function shall not return an error code of
The following sections are informative.
When a process' signal mask is changed in a signal-catching function
that is installed by sigaction(), the restoration of the signal mask on
return from the signal-catching function overrides that change (see
sigaction()). If the signal-catching function was installed with sig-
nal(), it is unspecified whether this occurs.
See kill() for a discussion of the requirement on delivery of signals.
sigaction() , sigaddset() , sigdelset() , sigemptyset() , sigfillset()
, sigismember() , sigpending() , sigqueue() , sigsuspend() , the Base
Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <signal.h>
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