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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     alarm -- set signal timer alarm

LIBRARY    [Toc]    [Back]

     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     #include <unistd.h>

     unsigned int
     alarm(unsigned int seconds);

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     This interface is made obsolete by setitimer(2).

     The alarm() function sets a timer to deliver the signal SIGALRM to the
     calling process after the specified number of seconds.  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.

     Due to setitimer(2) restriction the maximum number of seconds allowed is

RETURN VALUES    [Toc]    [Back]

     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.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     setitimer(2), sigaction(2), sigpause(2), sigvec(2), signal(3), sleep(3),
     ualarm(3), usleep(3)

HISTORY    [Toc]    [Back]

     An alarm() function appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.

FreeBSD 5.2.1			April 19, 1994			 FreeBSD 5.2.1
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