Re: ERESTARTSYS question.

From: Bjorn Wesen (
Date: Thu Apr 05 2001 - 09:16:57 EST

On Thu, 5 Apr 2001, Jani Monoses wrote:
> although the comments in errno.h say that ERESTARTSYS should not be seen
> by userland,many drivers seam to return it from their
> file_operations.Should glibc convert this errno so that the user program
> sees something meaningful?Because it does not.Is EINTR not a better errno
> to return from the drivers?

ERESTARTSYS is a part of the api between the driver and the
signal-handling code in the kernel. It does not reach user-space (provided
of course that it's used appropriately in the drivers :)

When a driver needs to wait, and get awoken by a signal (as opposed to
what it's really waiting for) the driver should in most cases abort the
system call so the signal handler can be run (like, you push ctrl-c while
running somethinig that's stuck in a wait for an interrupt). The kernel
uses the ERESTARTSYS as a "magic" value saying it's ok to restart the
system call automagically after the signal handling is done. The actual
return-code is switched to EINTR if the system call could not be


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