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Procedures to raise, handle and wait for signals.

primitive: kill pid sig

Sends a signal to the specified process or group of processes.

pid specifies the processes to which the signal is sent:

pid greater than 0
The process whose identifier is pid.
pid equal to 0
All processes in the current process group.
pid less than -1
The process group whose identifier is -pid
pid equal to -1
If the process is privileged, all processes except for some special system processes. Otherwise, all processes with the current effective user ID.

sig should be specified using a variable corresponding to the Unix symbolic name, e.g.,

Variable: SIGHUP
Hang-up signal.

Variable: SIGINT
Interrupt signal.

primitive: raise sig

Sends a specified signal sig to the current process, where sig is as described for the kill procedure.

primitive: sigaction signum [action] [flags]

Install or report the signal hander for a specified signal.

signum is the signal number, which can be specified using the value of variables such as SIGINT.

If action is omitted, sigaction returns a pair: the CAR is the current signal hander, which will be either an integer with the value SIG_DFL (default action) or SIG_IGN (ignore), or the Scheme procedure which handles the signal, or #f if a non-Scheme procedure handles the signal. The CDR contains the current sigaction flags for the handler.

If action is provided, it is installed as the new handler for signum. action can be a Scheme procedure taking one argument, or the value of SIG_DFL (default action) or SIG_IGN (ignore), or #f to restore whatever signal handler was installed before sigaction was first used. Flags can optionally be specified for the new handler (SA_RESTART is always used if the system provides it, so need not be specified.) The return value is a pair with information about the old handler as described above.

This interface does not provide access to the "signal blocking" facility. Maybe this is not needed, since the thread support may provide solutions to the problem of consistent access to data structures.

primitive: restore-signals
Return all signal handlers to the values they had before any call to sigaction was made. The return value is unspecified.

primitive: alarm secs
Set a timer to raise a SIGALRM signal after the specified number of seconds (an integer). It's advisable to install a signal handler for SIGALRM beforehand, since the default action is to terminate the process.

The return value indicates the time remaining for the previous alarm, if any. The new value replaces the previous alarm. If there was no previous alarm, the return value is zero.

primitive: pause
Pause the current process (thread?) until a signal arrives whose action is to either terminate the current process or invoke a handler procedure. The return value is unspecified.

primitive: sleep secs
Wait for the given number of seconds (an integer) or until a signal arrives. The return value is zero if the time elapses or the number of seconds remaining otherwise.

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