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RESTART_SYSCALL(2) Linux Programmer's Manual RESTART_SYSCALL(2)
restart_syscall - restart a system call after interruption by a stop signal
Note: There is no glibc wrapper for this system call; see NOTES.
The restart_syscall() system call is used to restart certain system calls after a process
that was stopped by a signal (e.g., SIGSTOP or SIGTSTP) is later resumed after receiving a
SIGCONT signal. This system call is designed only for internal use by the kernel.
restart_syscall() is used for restarting only those system calls that, when restarted,
should adjust their time-related parameters--namely poll(2) (since Linux 2.6.24),
nanosleep(2) (since Linux 2.6), clock_nanosleep(2) (since Linux 2.6), and futex(2), when
employed with the FUTEX_WAIT (since Linux 2.6.22) and FUTEX_WAIT_BITSET (since Linux
2.6.31) operations. restart_syscall() restarts the interrupted system call with a time
argument that is suitably adjusted to account for the time that has already elapsed
(including the time where the process was stopped by a signal). Without the
restart_syscall() mechanism, restarting these system calls would not correctly deduce the
already elapsed time when the process continued execution.
The return value of restart_syscall() is the return value of whatever system call is being
errno is set as per the errors for whatever system call is being restarted by
The restart_syscall() system call is present since Linux 2.6.
This system call is Linux specific.
There is no glibc wrapper for this system call, because it is intended for use only by the
kernel and should never be called by applications.
From user space, the operation of restart_syscall(2) is largely invisible: to the process
that made the system call that is restarted, it appears as though that system call exe-
cuted and returned in the usual fashion.
sigreturn(2), sigaction(2), signal(7)
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