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NAME         top

       sigqueue - queue a signal and data to a process

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <signal.h>

       int sigqueue(pid_t pid, int sig, const union sigval value);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       sigqueue(): _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 199309L

DESCRIPTION         top

       sigqueue() sends the signal specified in sig to the process whose PID
       is given in pid.  The permissions required to send a signal are the
       same as for kill(2).  As with kill(2), the null signal (0) can be
       used to check if a process with a given PID exists.

       The value argument is used to specify an accompanying item of data
       (either an integer or a pointer value) to be sent with the signal,
       and has the following type:

           union sigval {
               int   sival_int;
               void *sival_ptr;

       If the receiving process has installed a handler for this signal
       using the SA_SIGINFO flag to sigaction(2), then it can obtain this
       data via the si_value field of the siginfo_t structure passed as the
       second argument to the handler.  Furthermore, the si_code field of
       that structure will be set to SI_QUEUE.

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success, sigqueue() returns 0, indicating that the signal was
       successfully queued to the receiving process.  Otherwise, -1 is
       returned and errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS         top

       EAGAIN The limit of signals which may be queued has been reached.
              (See signal(7) for further information.)

       EINVAL sig was invalid.

       EPERM  The process does not have permission to send the signal to the
              receiving process.  For the required permissions, see kill(2).

       ESRCH  No process has a PID matching pid.

VERSIONS         top

       sigqueue() and the underlying rt_sigqueueinfo() system call first
       appeared in Linux 2.2.

ATTRIBUTES         top

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see

       │Interface  Attribute     Value   │
       │sigqueue() │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │

CONFORMING TO         top

       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

NOTES         top

       If this function results in the sending of a signal to the process
       that invoked it, and that signal was not blocked by the calling
       thread, and no other threads were willing to handle this signal
       (either by having it unblocked, or by waiting for it using
       sigwait(3)), then at least some signal must be delivered to this
       thread before this function returns.

   C library/kernel differences
       On Linux, sigqueue() is implemented using the rt_sigqueueinfo(2)
       system call.  The system call differs in its third argument, which is
       the siginfo_t structure that will be supplied to the receiving
       process's signal handler or returned by the receiving process's
       sigtimedwait(2) call.  Inside the glibc sigqueue() wrapper, this
       argument, uinfo, is initialized as follows:

           uinfo.si_signo = sig;      /* Argument supplied to sigqueue() */
           uinfo.si_code = SI_QUEUE;
           uinfo.si_pid = getpid();   /* Process ID of sender */
           uinfo.si_uid = getuid();   /* Real UID of sender */
           uinfo.si_value = val;      /* Argument supplied to sigqueue() */

SEE ALSO         top

       kill(2), rt_sigqueueinfo(2), sigaction(2), signal(2),
       pthread_sigqueue(3), sigwait(3), signal(7)

COLOPHON         top

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