Tuesday, October 18, 2011

signal set implementations

Implementation of Signal Set
If the implementation has fewer signals than bits in an integer, a signal set can be implemented using one bit per signal. For the remainder of this section, assume that an implementation has 31 signals and 32-bit integers. The sigemptyset function zeros the integer, and the sigfillset function turns on all the bits in the integer. These two functions can be implemented as macros in the <signal.h> header:

#define sigemptyset(ptr) (*(ptr) = 0)
#define sigfillset(ptr) (*(ptr) = ~(sigset_t)0, 0)

Note that sigfillset must return 0, in addition to setting all the bits on in the signal set, so we use C's comma operator, which returns the value after the comma as the value of the expression.

Using this implementation, sigaddset turns on a single bit and sigdelset turns off a single bit; sigismember tests a certain bit. Since no signal is ever numbered 0, we subtract 1 from the signal number to obtain the bit to manipulate. Figure 10.12 shows implementations of these functions.

  1. sigaddset
  2. sigdelset
  3. sigismember
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