MirBSD manpage: getpgid(2), getpgrp(2)

GETPGRP(2)                 BSD Programmer's Manual                  GETPGRP(2)


     getpgrp - get process group


     #include <unistd.h>


     getpgid(pid_t pid);


     The process group of the current process is returned by getpgrp(). The
     process group of the pid process is returned by getpgid().

     Process groups are used for distribution of signals, and by terminals to
     arbitrate requests for their input: processes that have the same process
     group as the terminal are foreground and may read, while others will
     block with a signal if they attempt to read.

     This call is thus used by programs such as csh(1) to create process
     groups in implementing job control. The tcgetpgrp() and tcsetpgrp() calls
     are used to get/set the process group of the control terminal.


     getpgrp() always succeeds, however getpgid() will succeed unless:

     [EPERM]       The current process and the process pid are not in the same

     [ESRCH]       There is no process with a process ID equal to pid.


     setpgid(2), termios(4)


     This version of getpgrp() differs from past Berkeley versions by not tak-
     ing a pid_t pid argument. This incompatibility is required by IEEE Std
     1003.1-1988 ("POSIX.1").

     From the IEEE Std 1003.1-1988 ("POSIX.1") Rationale:

     4.3BSD provides a getpgrp() function that returns the process group ID
     for a specified process. Although this function is used to support job
     control, all known job-control shells always specify the calling process
     with this function. Thus, the simpler System V getpgrp() suffices, and
     the added complexity of the 4.3BSD getpgrp() has been omitted from PO-

     The getpgrp() function conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1-1988 ("POSIX.1"). The
     getpgid() function call is derived from its usage in System V Release 4,
     and first appeared in NetBSD 1.2A.


     The getpgrp() function call appeared in 4.0BSD.

MirBSD #10-current               June 4, 1993                                1

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