Langue: en

Version: 58966 (mandriva - 22/10/07)

Section: 2 (Appels système)


lam_ksignal - Specify a signal handler for a LAM signal.


#include <lam_ksignal.h>

void (*lam_ksignal (int signum, void (*func)())) ();


lam_ksignal() exchanges a current signal handler for a new signal handler. When a process is signalled, execution control passes immediately to the handler function. Control passes back to the previous location when the handler function returns. Each signal begins with a default handler when the process is initialized.

LAM signals are completely separate from the signal facilities of the host operating system. While the syntax and functionality are similar, signal(3) cannot affect LAM signals and vice versa.

The following is a list of LAM signals as they appear in <lam_ksignal.h>.

 LAM_SIGTRACE   1    unload trace data
 LAM_SIGUDIE    4    terminate
 LAM_SIGARREST  5    suspend execution
 LAM_SIGRELEASE 6    continue execution
 LAM_SIGA       7    user defined
 LAM_SIGB       8    user defined
 LAM_SIGFUSE    9    node about to die
 LAM_SIGSHRINK  10   another node has died

By default, LAM_SIGA and LAM_SIGB are ignored. They are reserved for application programmers LAM_SIGUDIE causes the signalled process to exit. LAM_SIGARREST causes the signalled process to indefinitely block and LAM_SIGRELEASE reschedules it.

LAM_SIGTRACE causes the current contents of the trace buffer to be flushed to the local trace daemon.

LAM_SIGFUSE and LAM_SIGSHRINK are fault tolerant signals. The former indicates that the local node and all its processes will terminate imminently. The process receiving LAM_SIGFUSE should take immediate action to clean up. By default, LAM_SIGFUSE is ignored. LAM_SIGSHRINK indicates that another node has died or been forcefully terminated. The default action is to flush the route cache so that subsequent remote service calls to the dead node will fail with EBADNODE (in <terror.h>). If the application decides to trap this signal, the signal handler should call the old handler (the default which will be returned by lam_ksignal()) before returning.

The new signal handler must be the address of a function. The special value LAM_KSIG_IGN ignores the given signal. (A function that does nothing is called when the signal occurs.) Another special value, LAM_KSIG_DFL, returns the signal handler to the default function.

When a signal handler is called, the signal number that caused the invocation is passed as the sole parameter to the handler.

While an signal handler is running, further signals on the same number are blocked. Interrupts do not form queues. A second signal will overwrite the first (thus two appear as one) if the first has not yet been handled, either due to scheduling or signal blocking.


Upon successful completion, the address of the previously installed signal handler, which may be reinstated later, is returned. Otherwise, -1 is returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the error.


The signal number is invalid or privileged.


MPIL_Signal(2), lam_ksigblock(2)