type t
include Core_kernel.Std.Comparable.S with type t := t
include Core_kernel.Std.Hashable.S with type t := t
include Core_kernel.Std.Stringable.S with type t := t
val equal : t -> t -> bool
val of_system_int : int -> t
of_system_int and to_system_int return and take respectively a signal number corresponding to those in the system's /usr/include/bits/signum.h (or equivalent). It is not guaranteed that these numbers are portable across any given pair of systems -- although some are defined as standard by POSIX.
val to_system_int : t -> int
val of_caml_int : int -> t
of_caml_int constructs a Signal.t given an O'Caml internal signal number. This is only for the use of the Core_unix module.
val to_caml_int : t -> int
val to_string : t -> string
to_string t returns a human-readable name: "sigabrt", "sigalrm", ...
type sys_behavior = [ `Continue | `Dump_core | `Ignore | `Stop | `Terminate ]
The default behaviour of the system if these signals trickle to the top level of a program. See include/linux/kernel.h in the Linux kernel source tree (not the file /usr/include/linux/kernel.h).
val default_sys_behavior : t -> sys_behavior
default_sys_behavior t Query the default system behavior for a signal.
val handle_default : t -> unit
handle_default t is set t `Default.
val ignore : t -> unit
ignore t is set t `Ignore.
type pid_spec = [ `Group of Core_kernel.Std.Pid.t | `My_group | `Pid of Core_kernel.Std.Pid.t ]
val send : t -> pid_spec -> [ `No_such_process | `Ok ]
send signal pid sends signal to the process whose process id is pid.
val send_i : t -> pid_spec -> unit
send_i signal ~pid sends signal to the process whose process id is pid. No exception will be raised if pid is a zombie or nonexistent.
val send_exn : t -> pid_spec -> unit
send_exn signal ~pid sends signal to the process whose process id is pid. In Caml's standard library, this is called Unix.kill. Sending a signal to a zombie and/or nonexistent process will raise an exception.
val can_send_to : Core_kernel.Std.Pid.t -> bool
can_send_to pid returns true if pid is running and the current process has permission to send it signals.
type sigprocmask_command = [ `Block | `Set | `Unblock ]
val sigprocmask : sigprocmask_command -> t list -> t list
sigprocmask cmd sigs changes the set of blocked signals. If cmd is `Set, blocked signals are set to those in the list sigs. If cmd is `Block, the signals in sigs are added to the set of blocked signals. If cmd is `Unblock, the signals in sigs are removed from the set of blocked signals. sigprocmask returns the set of previously blocked signals.
val sigpending : unit -> t list
sigpending () returns the set of blocked signals that are currently pending.
val sigsuspend : t list -> unit
sigsuspend sigs atomically sets the blocked signals to sigs and waits for a non-ignored, non-blocked signal to be delivered. On return, the blocked signals are reset to their initial value.
Specific signals, along with their default behavior and meaning.
val abrt : t
Dump_core Abnormal termination
val alrm : t
Terminate Timeout
val chld : t
Ignore Child process terminated
val cont : t
Continue Continue
val fpe : t
Dump_core Arithmetic exception
val hup : t
Terminate Hangup on controlling terminal
val ill : t
Dump_core Invalid hardware instruction
val int : t
Terminate Interactive interrupt (ctrl-C)
val kill : t
Terminate Termination (cannot be ignored)
val pipe : t
Terminate Broken pipe
val prof : t
Terminate Profiling interrupt
val quit : t
Dump_core Interactive termination
val segv : t
Dump_core Invalid memory reference
val stop : t
Stop Stop
val term : t
Terminate Termination
val tstp : t
Stop Interactive stop
val ttin : t
Stop Terminal read from background process
val ttou : t
Stop Terminal write from background process
val usr1 : t
Terminate Application-defined signal 1
val usr2 : t
Terminate Application-defined signal 2
val vtalrm : t
Terminate Timeout in virtual time
val zero : t
Ignore No-op; can be used to test whether the target process exists and the current process has permission to signal it
module Expert : sig .. end
The Expert module contains functions that novice users should avoid, due to their complexity.

An OCaml signal handler can run at any time, which introduces all the semantic complexities of multithreading. It is much easier to use async signal handling, see Async_unix.Signal, which does not involve multithreading, and runs user code as ordinary async jobs. Also, beware that there can only be a single OCaml signal handler for any signal, so handling a signal with a Core signal handler will interfere if async is attempting to handle the same signal.

If you do use Core signal handlers, you should strive to make the signal handler perform a simple idempotent action, like setting a ref.

type behavior = [ `Default | `Handle of t -> unit | `Ignore ]
val signal : t -> behavior -> behavior
signal t sets the behavior of the system on receipt of signal t and returns the behavior previously associated with t. If t is not available on your system, signal raises.
val set : t -> behavior -> unit
set t b is ignore (signal t b)
val handle : t -> (t -> unit) -> unit
handle t f is set t (`Handle f).
val t_of_sexp : Sexplib.Sexp.t -> t
val sexp_of_t : t -> Sexplib.Sexp.t
val bin_t : t Core_kernel.Std.Bin_prot.Type_class.t
val bin_read_t : t Core_kernel.Std.Bin_prot.Read.reader
val __bin_read_t__ : (int -> t) Core_kernel.Std.Bin_prot.Read.reader
val bin_reader_t : t Core_kernel.Std.Bin_prot.Type_class.reader
val bin_size_t : t Core_kernel.Std.Bin_prot.Size.sizer
val bin_write_t : t Core_kernel.Std.Bin_prot.Write.writer
val bin_writer_t : t Core_kernel.Std.Bin_prot.Type_class.writer
val sys_behavior_of_sexp : Sexplib.Sexp.t -> sys_behavior
val __sys_behavior_of_sexp__ : Sexplib.Sexp.t -> sys_behavior
val sexp_of_sys_behavior : sys_behavior -> Sexplib.Sexp.t