#include <signal.h>int sigprocmask(int how, const sigset_t *set, sigset_t *oset);
The sigprocmask() function is used to examine and/or change the caller's signal mask. If the value is SIG_BLOCK, the set pointed to by the set argument is added to the current signal mask. If the value is SIG_UNBLOCK, the set pointed by the set argument is removed from the current signal mask. If the value is SIG_SETMASK, the current signal mask is replaced by the set pointed to by the set argument. If the oset argument is not NULL, the previous mask is stored in the space pointed to by oset. If the value of the set argument is NULL, the value how is not significant and the caller's signal mask is unchanged; thus, the call can be used to inquire about currently blocked signals.
If there are any pending unblocked signals after the call to sigprocmask(), at least one of those signals will be delivered before the call to sigprocmask() returns.
It is not possible to block those signals that cannot be ignored this restriction is silently imposed by the system. See sigaction(2).
If sigprocmask() fails, the caller's signal mask is not changed.
Upon successful completion, 0 is returned. Otherwise, -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.
The sigprocmask() function will fail if:
The set or oset argument points to an illegal address.
The value of the how argument is not equal to one of the defined values.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
|ATTRIBUTE TYPE||ATTRIBUTE VALUE|
In a multithreaded program, the call to sigpromask() impacts only the calling thread's signal mask and is therefore identical to a call to thr_sigsetmask(3THR).
Signals that are generated synchronously should not be masked. If such a signal is blocked and delivered, the receiving process is killed.