SIGPROCMASK(2) BSD System Calls Manual SIGPROCMASK(2)NAMEsigprocmask — manipulate current signal mask
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
sigprocmask(int how, const sigset_t * restrict set,
sigset_t * restrict oset);
The sigprocmask() system call examines and/or changes the current signal
mask (those signals that are blocked from delivery). Signals are blocked
if they are members of the current signal mask set.
If set is not null, the action of sigprocmask() depends on the value of
the how argument. The signal mask is changed as a function of the speci‐
fied set and the current mask. The function is specified by how using
one of the following values from <signal.h>:
SIG_BLOCK The new mask is the union of the current mask and the speci‐
SIG_UNBLOCK The new mask is the intersection of the current mask and the
complement of the specified set.
SIG_SETMASK The current mask is replaced by the specified set.
If oset is not null, it is set to the previous value of the signal mask.
When set is null, the value of how is insignificant and the mask remains
unset providing a way to examine the signal mask without modification.
The system quietly disallows SIGKILL or SIGSTOP to be blocked.
The sigprocmask() function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise
the value -1 is returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate
The sigprocmask() system call will fail and the signal mask will be
unchanged if one of the following occurs:
[EINVAL] The how argument has a value other than those listed
SEE ALSOkill(2), sigaction(2), sigpending(2), sigsuspend(2), fpsetmask(3),
The sigprocmask() system call is expected to conform to ISO/IEC
BSD June 4, 1993 BSD