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PSIGNAL(9)               BSD Kernel Developer's Manual              PSIGNAL(9)

NAME
     psignal, pgsignal, gsignal -- post signal to a process

SYNOPSIS
     void
     psignal(struct proc *p, int signum);

     void
     pgsignal(struct pgrp *pgrp, int signum, int checkctty);

     void
     gsignal(int pgid, int signum);

DESCRIPTION
     These functions post a signal to one or more processes.  The argument
     signum common to all three functions should be in the range [1-NSIG].

     The psignal() function posts signal number signum to the process repre-
     sented by the process structure p.  With a few exceptions noted below,
     the target process signal disposition is updated and is marked as
     runnable, so further handling of the signal is done in the context of the
     target process after a context switch.  Note that psignal() does not by
     itself cause a context switch to happen.

     The target process is not marked as runnable in the following cases:

           o   The target process is sleeping uninterruptibly.  The signal
               will be noticed when the process returns from the system call
               or trap.

           o   The target process is currently ignoring the signal.

           o   If a stop signal is sent to a sleeping process that takes the
               default action (see sigaction(2)), the process is stopped with-
               out awakening it.

           o   SIGCONT restarts a stopped process (or puts them back to sleep)
               regardless of the signal action (e.g., blocked or ignored).

     If the target process is being traced, psignal() behaves as if the target
     process were taking the default action for signum.  This allows the trac-
     ing process to be notified of the signal.

     The pgsignal() function posts signal number signum to each member of the
     process group described by pgrp.  If checkctty is non-zero, the signal
     will be posted only to processes that have a controlling terminal.  If
     pgrp is NULL no action is taken.

     The gsignal() function posts signal number signum to each member of the
     process group identified by the group id pgid.  If pgid is zero no action
     is taken.

CODE REFERENCES
     These functions are implemented in the file sys/kern/kern_sig.c.

SEE ALSO
     sigaction(2), tsleep(9)

BSD                              June 26, 2008                             BSD