sigvec(2)sigvec(2)NAMEsigvec - Provide a compatibility interface to the sigaction() function
struct sigvec *in_vec,
struct sigvec *out_vec );
Specifies the signal number. Points to a sigvec structure that speci‐
fies the action to be taken when the specified signal is delivered, the
mask to be used when calling the signal handler, and the flags that
modify signal behavior. Points to a sigvec structure that is set to
the previous signal action state on successful return from the sigvec()
The sigvec() function is provided for compatibility with old UNIX sys‐
tems; its function is a subset of the operations available with the
sigaction() function. Like the sigaction() function, the sigvec() func‐
tion allows the user to set the action to take upon the receipt of a
signal and to specify a signal handler mask to block signals before
calling the signal handler. However, only signals with values 1 to 31
can be masked on entry to a signal-handler set up with the sigvec()
The sigvec structure has the following members:
void (*sv_handler)(); int sv_mask; int sv_flags;
The sv_handler field specifies the action for the signal, and can be
SIG_DFL, SIG_IGN, or the address of a signal handler function. See the
sigaction() function for a detailed description of the signal actions.
The sv_mask field specifies a mask which specifies signals to block (in
addition to any signals already blocked at time of delivery) when the
signal handler function is called for the signal. Signal i is blocked
if the i-th bit of the mask is set. Only signals with values 1 to 31
can be masked with the sigvec() function. The sv_flags field contains
flags that further specify signal behavior. If SV_ONSTACK is set, the
signal handler runs on the signal stack specified by the sigstack()
function; otherwise, the signal handler runs on the stack of the
process receiving the signal. If SV_INTERRUPT is set, a system call
that is interrupted by signal returns a value of -1 with errno set to
[EINTR]; otherwise, a system call interrupted by signal is restarted.
If the value of the in_vec parameter is a null pointer, then the signal
handler information is not set. If the value of the out_vec parameter
is null, then the previous signal handler information is not returned.
Once a signal handler is assigned, it remains assigned until another
call to sigvec() is made or a call is made to signal(), sigaction() or
one of the exec functions.
The sigvec() function is provided for compatibility only, and its use
is not recommended. Programs should use the sigaction() function
The sigvec() function does not check the validity of the sv_handler
field pointer. If it points to a location outside of the process
address space, the process receives a memory fault when the system
attempts to call the signal handler. If the sv_handler field points to
anything other than a function, the results are unpredictable.
The signal-handler function can be declared as follows:
void handler (
int signal );
Upon successful completion, a value of 0 (zero) is returned. If the
sigvec() function fails, a value of -1 is returned and errno is set to
indicate the error.
If the sigvec() function fails, no new signal handler is installed and
errno may be set to one of the following values: The in_vec or out_vec
parameter points to a location outside of the process' address space.
The signal parameter is not a valid signal number or an attempt was
made to ignore or supply a handler for the SIGKILL signal.
Functions: kill(2), ptrace(2), sigaction(2), sigblock(2), sigpause(3),