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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for sigreturn (redhat section 2)

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

NAME
sigreturn - return from signal handler and cleanup stack frame
SYNOPSIS
int sigreturn(unsigned long __unused);
DESCRIPTION
When the Linux kernel creates the stack frame for a signal handler, a call to sigreturn is inserted into the stack frame so that the the signal handler will call sigreturn upon return. This inserted call to sigreturn cleans up the stack so that the process can restart from where it was interrupted by the signal.
RETURN VALUE
sigreturn never returns.
WARNING
The sigreturn call is used by the kernel to implement signal handlers. It should never be called directly. Better yet, the specific use of the __unused argument varies depending on the architecture.
CONFORMING TO
sigreturn is specific to Linux and should not be used in programs intended to be portable.
FILES
/usr/src/linux/arch/i386/kernel/signal.c /usr/src/linux/arch/alpha/kernel/entry.S
SEE ALSO
kill(2), signal(2), signal(7) Linux 1.3.20 1995-08-21 SIGRETURN(2)