Disable a hardware interrupt


#include <sys/neutrino.h>

int InterruptMask( int intr, 
                   int id );


The interrupt you want to mask.
The value returned by InterruptAttach() or InterruptAttachEvent(), or -1 if you don't want the kernel to track interrupt maskings and unmaskings for each handler.



Use the -l c option to qcc to link against this library. This library is usually included automatically.


The InterruptMask() kernel call disables the hardware interrupt specified by intr for the handler specified by id. You can call this function from a thread or from an interrupt handler. Before calling this function, the thread must:

If the thread doesn't do these things, it might SIGSEGV when it calls InterruptMask().

Reenable the interrupt by calling InterruptUnmask().

The kernel automatically enables an interrupt when the first handler attaches to it using InterruptAttach() and disables it when the last handler detaches.

This call is often used when a device presents a level-sensitive interrupt to the system that can't be easily cleared in the interrupt handler. Since the interrupt is level-sensitive, you can't exit the handler with the interrupt line active and unmasked. InterruptMask() lets you mask the interrupt in the handler and schedule a thread to do the real work of communicating with the device to clear the source. Once cleared, the thread should call InterruptUnmask() to reenable this interrupt.

To disable all hardware interrupts, use the InterruptLock() function.

Note: To ensure hardware portability, use InterruptMask() instead of writing code that talks directly to the interrupt controller.

Calls to InterruptMask() are counted; the interrupt isn't unmasked until InterruptUnmask() has been called once for every call to InterruptMask().


The current mask level count for success; or -1 if an error occurs (errno is set).


The value of intr isn't a supported hardware interrupt.
The id parameter isn't something returned by InterruptAttach() or InterruptAttachEvent(), or -1.


QNX Neutrino

Cancellation point No
Interrupt handler Yes
Signal handler Yes
Thread Yes