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trap - trap signals
trap [action condition ...]
If action is '-' , the shell shall reset each condition to the default value. If action is null ( "" ), the shell shall ignore each speci-
fied condition if it arises. Otherwise, the argument action shall be read and executed by the shell when one of the corresponding condi-
tions arises. The action of trap shall override a previous action (either default action or one explicitly set). The value of "$?" after
the trap action completes shall be the value it had before trap was invoked.
The condition can be EXIT, 0 (equivalent to EXIT), or a signal specified using a symbolic name, without the SIG prefix, as listed in the
tables of signal names in the <signal.h> header defined in the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Chapter 13, Headers; for
example, HUP, INT, QUIT, TERM. Implementations may permit names with the SIG prefix or ignore case in signal names as an extension. Setting
a trap for SIGKILL or SIGSTOP produces undefined results.
The environment in which the shell executes a trap on EXIT shall be identical to the environment immediately after the last command exe-
cuted before the trap on EXIT was taken.
Each time trap is invoked, the action argument shall be processed in a manner equivalent to:
Signals that were ignored on entry to a non-interactive shell cannot be trapped or reset, although no error need be reported when attempt-
ing to do so. An interactive shell may reset or catch signals ignored on entry. Traps shall remain in place for a given shell until explic-
itly changed with another trap command.
When a subshell is entered, traps that are not being ignored are set to the default actions. This does not imply that the trap command can-
not be used within the subshell to set new traps.
The trap command with no arguments shall write to standard output a list of commands associated with each condition. The format shall be:
"trap -- %s %s ...\n", <action>, <condition> ...
The shell shall format the output, including the proper use of quoting, so that it is suitable for reinput to the shell as commands that
achieve the same trapping results. For example:
XSI-conformant systems also allow numeric signal numbers for the conditions corresponding to the following signal names:
Signal Number Signal Name
The trap special built-in shall conform to the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Section 12.2, Utility Syntax Guidelines.
See the DESCRIPTION.
See the DESCRIPTION.
The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.
If the trap name or number is invalid, a non-zero exit status shall be returned; otherwise, zero shall be returned. For both interac-
tive and non-interactive shells, invalid signal names or numbers shall not be considered a syntax error and do not cause the shell to
CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
The following sections are informative.
Write out a list of all traps and actions:
Set a trap so the logout utility in the directory referred to by the HOME environment variable executes when the shell terminates:
trap '$HOME/logout' EXIT
trap '$HOME/logout' 0
Unset traps on INT, QUIT, TERM, and EXIT:
trap - INT QUIT TERM EXIT
Implementations may permit lowercase signal names as an extension. Implementations may also accept the names with the SIG prefix; no known
historical shell does so. The trap and kill utilities in this volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 are now consistent in their omission of the
SIG prefix for signal names. Some kill implementations do not allow the prefix, and kill -l lists the signals without prefixes.
Trapping SIGKILL or SIGSTOP is syntactically accepted by some historical implementations, but it has no effect. Portable POSIX applications
cannot attempt to trap these signals.
The output format is not historical practice. Since the output of historical trap commands is not portable (because numeric signal values
are not portable) and had to change to become so, an opportunity was taken to format the output in a way that a shell script could use to
save and then later reuse a trap if it wanted.
The KornShell uses an ERR trap that is triggered whenever set -e would cause an exit. This is allowable as an extension, but was not man-
dated, as other shells have not used it.
The text about the environment for the EXIT trap invalidates the behavior of some historical versions of interactive shells which, for
example, close the standard input before executing a trap on 0. For example, in some historical interactive shell sessions the following
trap on 0 would always print "--" :
trap 'read foo; echo "-$foo-"' 0
Special Built-In Utilities
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technol-
ogy -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE
and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained
online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .
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