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

NAME
getcontext, setcontext - get or set the user context
SYNOPSIS
#include <ucontext.h> int getcontext(ucontext_t *ucp); int setcontext(const ucontext_t *ucp); where: ucp points to a structure defined in <ucontext.h> containing the signal mask, execution stack, and machine registers.
DESCRIPTION
getcontext(2) gets the current context of the calling process, storing it in the ucontext struct pointed to by ucp. setcontext(2) sets the context of the calling process to the state stored in the ucontext struct pointed to by ucp. The struct must either have been created by getcontext(2) or have been passed as the third parameter of the sigaction(2) signal handler. The ucontext struct created by getcontext(2) is defined in <ucontext.h> as follows: typedef struct ucontext { unsigned long int uc_flags; struct ucontext *uc_link; stack_t uc_stack; mcontext_t uc_mcontext; __sigset_t uc_sigmask; struct _fpstate __fpregs_mem; } ucontext_t;
RETURN VALUES
getcontext(2) returns 0 on success and -1 on failure. setcontext(2) does not return a value on success and returns -1 on failure.
STANDARDS
These functions comform to: XPG4-UNIX.
NOTES
When a signal handler executes, the current user context is saved and a new context is created by the kernel. If the calling process leaves the signal handler using longjmp(2), the original context cannot be restored, and the result of future calls to getcontext(2) are unpredictable. To avoid this problem, use siglongjmp(2) or setcontext(2) in signal handlers instead of longjmp(2).
SEE ALSO
sigaction(2), sigaltstack(2), sigprocmask(2), sigsetjmp(3), setjmp(3). Red Hat Linux 6.1 20 September 1999 GETCONTEXT(2)