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ALARM(2)			    Linux Programmer's Manual				 ALARM(2)

NAME
       alarm - set an alarm clock for delivery of a signal

SYNOPSIS
       #include <unistd.h>

       unsigned int alarm(unsigned int seconds);

DESCRIPTION
       alarm()	arranges  for  a SIGALRM signal to be delivered to the calling process in seconds
       seconds.

       If seconds is zero, any pending alarm is canceled.

       In any event any previously set alarm() is canceled.

RETURN VALUE
       alarm() returns the number of seconds remaining until any previously scheduled  alarm  was
       due to be delivered, or zero if there was no previously scheduled alarm.

CONFORMING TO
       SVr4, POSIX.1-2001, 4.3BSD.

NOTES
       alarm() and setitimer(2) share the same timer; calls to one will interfere with use of the
       other.

       sleep(3) may be implemented using SIGALRM; mixing calls to alarm() and sleep(3) is  a  bad
       idea.

       Scheduling  delays  can,  as  ever, cause the execution of the process to be delayed by an
       arbitrary amount of time.

SEE ALSO
       gettimeofday(2), pause(2), select(2),  setitimer(2),  sigaction(2),  signal(2),	sleep(3),
       time(7)

COLOPHON
       This  page  is  part of release 3.53 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the
       project,    and	  information	 about	  reporting    bugs,	can    be    found     at
       http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux					    2013-04-18					 ALARM(2)
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