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bsd_signal - signal handling with BSD semantics
typedef void (*sighandler_t)(int);
sighandler_t bsd_signal(int signum, sighandler_t handler);
The bsd_signal() function takes the same arguments, and performs the
same task, as signal(2).
The difference between the two is that bsd_signal() is guaranteed to
provide reliable signal semantics, that is: a) the disposition of the
signal is not reset to the default when the handler is invoked; b)
delivery of further instances of the signal is blocked while the signal
handler is executing; and c) if the handler interrupts a blocking
system call, then the system call is automatically restarted. A
portable application cannot rely on signal(2) to provide these
The bsd_signal() function returns the previous value of the signal
handler, or SIG_ERR on error.
As for signal(2).
Use of bsd_signal() should be avoided; use sigaction(2) instead.
On modern Linux systems, bsd_signal() and signal(2) are equivalent.
But on older systems, signal(2) provided unreliable signal semantics;
see signal(2) for details.
The use of sighandler_t is a GNU extension; this type is only defined
if the _GNU_SOURCE feature test macro is defined.
sigaction(2), signal(2), sysv_signal(3), feature_test_macros(7),
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