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Manual Reference Pages  -  UALARM (3)

NAME

ualarm - schedule signal after specified time

CONTENTS

Library
Synopsis
Description
Return Values
Notes
See Also
History

LIBRARY


.Lb libc

SYNOPSIS


.In unistd.h useconds_t ualarm useconds_t microseconds useconds_t interval

DESCRIPTION


.Bf -symbolic This is a simplified interface to setitimer(2).
.Ef

The ualarm function waits a count of microseconds before asserting the terminating signal SIGALRM. System activity or time used in processing the call may cause a slight delay.

If the interval argument is non-zero, the SIGALRM signal will be sent to the process every interval microseconds after the timer expires (e.g. after microseconds number of microseconds have passed).

Due to setitimer(2) restriction the maximum number of microseconds and interval is limited to 100000000000000 (in case this value fits in the unsigned integer).

RETURN VALUES

When the signal has successfully been caught, ualarm returns the amount of time left on the clock.

NOTES

A microsecond is 0.000001 seconds.

SEE ALSO

getitimer(2), setitimer(2), sigaction(2), sigsuspend(2), alarm(3), signal(3), sleep(3), usleep(3)

HISTORY

The ualarm function appeared in BSD 4.3 .
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