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After a signal handler is registered using this function, the native signal interface redirects the signal to a generic signal handler inside SWI-Prolog. This generic handler validates the environment, creates a suitable environment for calling the interface functions described in this chapter and finally calls the registered user-handler.
By default, signals are handled asynchronously (i.e., at the time
they arrive). It is inherently dangerous to call extensive code
fragments, and especially exception related code from asynchronous
handlers. The interface allows for synchronous handling of
signals. In this case the native OS handler just schedules the signal
which is checked by PL_handle_signals()
at the call- and redo-port. This behaviour is realised by or-ing sig
with the constant
better default would be to use synchronous handling, but this interface
preserves backward compatibility.
Signal handling routines may raise exceptions using PL_raise_exception(). The use of PL_throw() is not safe. If a synchronous handler raises an exception, the exception is delayed to the next call to PL_handle_signals();