SYSCALL(2) BSD System Calls Manual SYSCALL(2)NAME
syscall, __syscall — indirect system call
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
syscall(int number, ...);
__syscall(quad_t number, ...);
The syscall() function performs the system call whose assembly language
interface has the specified number with the specified arguments. Sym‐
bolic constants for system calls can be found in the header file
<sys/syscall.h>. The __syscall() form should be used when one or more of
the arguments is a 64-bit argument to ensure that argument alignment is
correct. This system call is useful for testing new system calls that do
not have entries in the C library.
The return values are defined by the system call being invoked. In gen‐
eral, a 0 return value indicates success. A -1 return value indicates an
error, and an error code is stored in errno.
The syscall() function appeared in 4.0BSD.
There is no way to simulate system calls that have multiple return values
such as pipe(2).
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