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ON_EXIT(3)                Linux Programmer's Manual               ON_EXIT(3)

NAME         top

       on_exit - register a function to be called at normal process termina‐

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <stdlib.h>

       int on_exit(void (*function)(int , void *), void *arg);

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

           Since glibc 2.19:
           Glibc 2.19 and earlier:
               _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE

DESCRIPTION         top

       The on_exit() function registers the given function to be called at
       normal process termination, whether via exit(3) or via return from
       the program's main().  The function is passed the status argument
       given to the last call to exit(3) and the arg argument from

       The same function may be registered multiple times: it is called once
       for each registration.

       When a child process is created via fork(2), it inherits copies of
       its parent's registrations.  Upon a successful call to one of the
       exec(3) functions, all registrations are removed.

RETURN VALUE         top

       The on_exit() function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise
       it returns a nonzero value.

ATTRIBUTES         top

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

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

CONFORMING TO         top

       This function comes from SunOS 4, but is also present in glibc.  It
       no longer occurs in Solaris (SunOS 5).  Portable application should
       avoid this function, and use the standard atexit(3) instead.

NOTES         top

       By the time function is executed, stack (auto) variables may already
       have gone out of scope.  Therefore, arg should not be a pointer to a
       stack variable; it may however be a pointer to a heap variable or a
       global variable.

SEE ALSO         top

       _exit(2), atexit(3), exit(3)

COLOPHON         top

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