- NetBSD Manual Pages
SIGPROCMASK(2) NetBSD System Calls Manual SIGPROCMASK(2)
Powered by man-cgi (2020-09-24).
Maintained for NetBSD
by Kimmo Suominen.
Based on man-cgi by Panagiotis Christias.
sigprocmask -- manipulate current signal mask
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
sigprocmask(int how, const sigset_t * restrict set,
sigset_t * restrict oset);
The sigprocmask() function examines and/or changes the current signal
mask (those signals that are blocked from delivery). Signals are blocked
if they are members of the current signal mask set.
If set is not null, the action of sigprocmask() depends on the value of
the parameter how. The signal mask is changed as a function of the spec-
ified set and the current mask. The function is specified by how using
one of the following values:
SIG_BLOCK The new mask is the union of the current mask and the speci-
SIG_UNBLOCK The new mask is the intersection of the current mask and the
complement of the specified set.
SIG_SETMASK The current mask is replaced by the specified set.
If oset is not null, it is set to the previous value of the signal mask.
When set is null, the value of how is insignificant and the mask remains
unset providing a way to examine the signal mask without modification.
The system quietly disallows SIGKILL or SIGSTOP to be blocked.
A 0 value indicates that the call succeeded. A -1 return value indicates
an error occurred and errno is set to indicate the reason.
The sigprocmask() call will fail and the signal mask will be unchanged if
one of the following occurs:
[EINVAL] how has a value other than those listed here.
kill(2), sigaction(2), sigsuspend(2), pthread_sigmask(3), sigsetops(3),
The sigprocmask() function conforms to ISO/IEC 9945-1:1990 (``POSIX.1'').
NetBSD 9.99 June 4, 1993 NetBSD 9.99