SIGEVENT(7)               Linux Programmer's Manual              SIGEVENT(7)

NAME         top

       sigevent - structure for notification from asynchronous routines

SYNOPSIS         top

       union sigval {          /* Data passed with notification */
           int     sival_int;         /* Integer value */
           void   *sival_ptr;         /* Pointer value */

       struct sigevent {
           int          sigev_notify; /* Notification method */
           int          sigev_signo;  /* Notification signal */
           union sigval sigev_value;  /* Data passed with
                                         notification */
           void       (*sigev_notify_function) (union sigval);
                            /* Function used for thread
                               notification (SIGEV_THREAD) */
           void        *sigev_notify_attributes;
                            /* Attributes for notification thread
                               (SIGEV_THREAD) */
           pid_t        sigev_notify_thread_id;
                            /* ID of thread to signal (SIGEV_THREAD_ID) */

DESCRIPTION         top

       The sigevent structure is used by various APIs to describe the way a
       process is to be notified about an event (e.g., completion of an
       asynchronous request, expiration of a timer, or the arrival of a

       The definition shown in the SYNOPSIS is approximate: some of the
       fields in the sigevent structure may be defined as part of a union.
       Programs should employ only those fields relevant to the value
       specified in sigev_notify.

       The sigev_notify field specifies how notification is to be performed.
       This field can have one of the following values:

               A "null" notification: don't do anything when the event

               Notify the process by sending the signal specified in

               If the signal is caught with a signal handler that was
               registered using the sigaction(2) SA_SIGINFO flag, then the
               following fields are set in the siginfo_t structure that is
               passed as the second argument of the handler:

               si_code   This field is set to a value that depends on the
                         API delivering the notification.

               si_signo  This field is set to the signal number (i.e., the
                         same value as in sigev_signo).

               si_value  This field is set to the value specified in

               Depending on the API, other fields may also be set in the
               siginfo_t structure.

               The same information is also available if the signal is
               accepted using sigwaitinfo(2).

               Notify the process by invoking sigev_notify_function "as if"
               it were the start function of a new thread.  (Among the
               implementation possibilities here are that each timer
               notification could result in the creation of a new thread, or
               that a single thread is created to receive all
               notifications.)  The function is invoked with sigev_value as
               its sole argument.  If sigev_notify_attributes is not NULL,
               it should point to a pthread_attr_t structure that defines
               attributes for the new thread (see pthread_attr_init(3)).

       SIGEV_THREAD_ID (Linux-specific)
               Currently used only by POSIX timers; see timer_create(2).

SEE ALSO         top

       timer_create(2), aio_fsync(3), aio_read(3), aio_write(3),
       getaddrinfo_a(3), lio_listio(3), mq_notify(3), aio(7), pthreads(7)

COLOPHON         top

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GNU                              2015-08-08                      SIGEVENT(7)

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