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SIGBLOCK(3) Library Functions Manual SIGBLOCK(3)

sigblockblock signals

#include <signal.h>

sigblock(int mask);

sigmask(int signum);

This interface is made obsolete by:


() adds the signals specified in mask to the set of signals currently being blocked from delivery. Signals are blocked if the corresponding bit in mask is a 1; the macro () is provided to construct the mask for a given signum.

It is not possible to block SIGKILL or SIGSTOP; this restriction is silently imposed by the system.

The previous set of masked signals is returned.

The following example utilizing sigblock():

int omask;

omask = sigblock(sigmask(SIGINT) | sigmask(SIGHUP));


sigset_t set, oset;

sigaddset(&set, SIGINT);
sigaddset(&set, SIGHUP);
sigprocmask(SIG_BLOCK, &set, &oset);

Another use of sigblock() is to get the current set of masked signals without changing what is actually blocked. Instead of:

int set;

set = sigblock(0);

Use the following:

sigset_t set;

sigprocmask(SIG_BLOCK, NULL, &set);

kill(2), sigaction(2), sigprocmask(2), sigsetmask(3), sigsetops(3)

The sigblock() function call appeared in 4.2BSD and has been deprecated.

May 31, 2007 OpenBSD-5.3