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OpenDarwin 7.2.1 - man page for sigprocmask (opendarwin section 2)

SIGPROCMASK(2)			     BSD System Calls Manual			   SIGPROCMASK(2)

NAME
     sigprocmask -- manipulate current signal mask

SYNOPSIS
     #include <signal.h>

     int
     sigprocmask(int how, const sigset_t *set, sigset_t *oset);

DESCRIPTION
     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 specified set and the current mask.  The
     function is specified by how using one of the following values from <signal.h>:

     SIG_BLOCK	  The new mask is the union of the current mask and the specified set.

     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.

RETURN VALUES
     A 0 value indicated that the call succeeded.  A -1 return value indicates an error occurred
     and errno is set to indicated the reason.

ERRORS
     The sigprocmask() call will fail and the signal mask will be unchanged if one of the follow-
     ing occurs:

     [EINVAL]		how has a value other than those listed here.

SEE ALSO
     kill(2), sigaction(2), sigsetops(3), sigsuspend(2)

STANDARDS
     The sigprocmask() function call is expected to conform to IEEE Std 1003.1-1988
     (``POSIX.1'').

BSD					   June 4, 1993 				      BSD


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