ALARM(3) Library Functions Manual ALARM(3)
alarm -- set signal timer alarm
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
alarm(unsigned int seconds);
This interface is made obsolete by setitimer(2).
The alarm() function sets a timer to deliver the signal SIGALRM to the
calling process seconds after the call to alarm(). If an alarm has
already been set with alarm() but has not been delivered, another call to
alarm() will supersede the prior call. The request alarm(0) voids the
current alarm and the signal SIGALRM will not be delivered. The maximum
number of seconds allowed is 2147483647.
The return value of alarm() is the amount of time left on the timer from
a previous call to alarm(). If no alarm is currently set, the return
value is 0. If there is an error setting the timer, alarm() returns
((unsigned int) -1).
setitimer(2), sigaction(2), sigsuspend(2), signal(3), sigvec(3),
sleep(3), ualarm(3), usleep(3)
The alarm() function conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1-1990 (``POSIX.1'').
An alarm() function appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.
NetBSD 6.1.5 April 19, 1994 NetBSD 6.1.5