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

SYSCALL(2)				       BSD System Calls Manual					   SYSCALL(2)

NAME
syscall -- indirect system call
SYNOPSIS
#include <sys/syscall.h> #include <unistd.h> int syscall(int number, ...);
DESCRIPTION
Syscall() performs the system call whose assembly language interface has the specified number with the specified arguments. Symbolic constants for system calls can be found in the header file <sys/syscall.h>.
RETURN VALUES
The return value is defined by the system call being invoked. In general, a 0 return value indicates success. A -1 return value indicates an error, and an error code is stored in errno.
BUGS
There is no way to simulate system calls that have multiple return values such as pipe(2).
HISTORY
The syscall() function call appeared in 4.0BSD. 4th Berkeley Distribution June 16, 1993 4th Berkeley Distribution


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