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

NAME
       sigsuspend - wait for a signal

SYNOPSIS
       #include <signal.h>

       int sigsuspend(const sigset_t *mask);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       sigsuspend(): _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 1 || _XOPEN_SOURCE || _POSIX_SOURCE

DESCRIPTION
       sigsuspend()  temporarily  replaces  the  signal mask of the calling process with the mask
       given by mask and then suspends the process until delivery of a signal whose action is  to
       invoke a signal handler or to terminate a process.

       If the signal terminates the process, then sigsuspend() does not return.  If the signal is
       caught, then sigsuspend() returns after the signal handler returns, and the signal mask is
       restored to the state before the call to sigsuspend().

       It  is  not possible to block SIGKILL or SIGSTOP; specifying these signals in mask, has no
       effect on the process's signal mask.

RETURN VALUE
       sigsuspend() always returns -1, with errno set to inndicate the error (normally, EINTR).

ERRORS
       EFAULT mask points to memory which is not a valid part of the process address space.

       EINTR  The call was interrupted by a signal.

CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2001.

NOTES
       Normally, sigsuspend() is used in conjunction with  sigprocmask(2)  in  order  to  prevent
       delivery  of  a	signal during the execution of a critical code section.  The caller first
       blocks the signals with sigprocmask(2).	When the critical code has completed, the  caller
       then  waits for the signals by calling sigsuspend() with the signal mask that was returned
       by sigprocmask(2) (in the oldset argument).

       See sigsetops(3) for details on manipulating signal sets.

SEE ALSO
       kill(2), pause(2), sigaction(2), signal(2), sigprocmask(2), sigwaitinfo(2),  sigsetops(3),
       sigwait(3), signal(7)

COLOPHON
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Linux					    2013-04-19				    SIGSUSPEND(2)
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