The Single UNIX ® Specification, Version 2
Copyright © 1997 The Open Group


sigsuspend - wait for a signal


#include <signal.h>

int sigsuspend(const sigset_t *sigmask);


The sigsuspend() function replaces the current signal mask of the calling thread with the set of signals pointed to by sigmask and then suspends the thread until delivery of a signal whose action is either to execute a signal-catching function or to terminate the process. This will not cause any other signals that may have been pending on the process to become pending on the thread.

If the action is to terminate the process then sigsuspend() will never return. If the action is to execute a signal-catching function, then sigsuspend() will return after the signal-catching function returns, with the signal mask restored to the set that existed prior to the sigsuspend() call.

It is not possible to block signals that cannot be ignored. This is enforced by the system without causing an error to be indicated.


Since sigsuspend() suspends process execution indefinitely, there is no successful completion return value. If a return occurs, -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.


The sigsuspend() function will fail if:
A signal is caught by the calling process and control is returned from the signal-catching function.




An interpretation request has been filed with IEEE PASC concerning whether sigsuspend() suspends process execution or suspends thread execution. The wording here matches the description of this interface specified by the ISO POSIX-1 standard.




pause(), sigaction(), sigaddset(), sigdelset(), sigemptyset(), sigfillset(), <signal.h>.


Derived from the POSIX.1-1988 standard.

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