Manpage of UALARM
UALARMSection: Linux Programmer's Manual (3)
NAMEualarm - schedule signal after given number of microseconds
#include <unistd.h>useconds_t ualarm(useconds_t usecs, useconds_t interval);
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
- Since glibc 2.12:
(_XOPEN_SOURCE >= 500) && ! (_POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200809L) || /* Glibc since 2.19: */ _DEFAULT_SOURCE || /* Glibc versions <= 2.19: */ _BSD_SOURCE
- Before glibc 2.12: _BSD_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 500
DESCRIPTIONThe ualarm() function causes the signal SIGALRMto be sent to the invoking process after (not less than) usecsmicroseconds. The delay may be lengthened slightly by any system activity or by the time spent processing the call or by the granularity of system timers.
Unless caught or ignored, the SIGALRMsignal will terminate the process.
RETURN VALUEThis function returns the number of microseconds remaining for any alarm that was ly set, or 0 if no alarm was pending.
- Interrupted by a signal; see signal(7).
- usecs or interval is not smaller than 1000000. (On systems where that is considered an error.)
ATTRIBUTESFor an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).
CONFORMING TO4.3BSD, POSIX.1-2001. POSIX.1-2001 marks ualarm() as obsolete. POSIX.1-2008 removes the specification of ualarm(). 4.3BSD, SUSv2, and POSIX do not define any errors.
NOTESPOSIX.1-2001 does not specify what happens if the usecsargument is 0. On Linux (and probably most other systems), the effect is to cancel any pending alarm.
The type useconds_tis an unsigned integer type capable of holding integers in the range [0,1000000]. On the original BSD implementation, and in glibc before version 2.1, the arguments to ualarm() were instead typed as unsigned int. Programs will be more portable if they never mention useconds_texplicitly.
The interaction of this function with other timer functions such as alarm(2), sleep(3), nanosleep(2), setitimer(2), timer_create(2), timer_delete(2), timer_getoverrun(2), timer_gettime(2), timer_settime(2), usleep(3) is unspecified.
SEE ALSOalarm(2), getitimer(2), nanosleep(2), select(2), setitimer(2), usleep(3), time(7)
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