setjmp–Preserve stack environment

This function saves a stack environment that can then be restored by the longjmp function. The nesting level is also saved to validate a longjmp call. The setjmp and longjmp functions provide a way to perform a nonlocal goto. They are often used in signal handlers.

A call to the setjmp function causes it to save the current stack environment in env. The next call to the longjmp function restores the saved environment and returns control to a point corresponding to the setjmp call. The setjmp and longjmp functions are not restricted to the same C shared object (CSO).


#include <setjmp.h>
int setjmp(jmp_buf env);
The jmp_buf for saving the current stack and other environment information.

Normal return

Returns the value 0 after saving the stack environment. If the setjmp function returns as a result of a longjmp call, it returns the value argument of longjmp, or the value 1 if the value argument of the longjmp function is equal to 0.

Error return


Programming considerations

  • Ensure that the function that calls the setjmp function does not return before you call the corresponding longjmp function. Calling the longjmp function after the function calling setjmp returns causes unpredictable program behavior.
  • The database ID (DBI), program base ID (PBI), subsystem user (SSU) ID, or any other application program global pointer that might have changed after the setjmp function is issued needs to be restored by users prior to calling the longjmp function.
  • The values of all variables, except register variables and nonvolatile automatic variables that are accessible to the function receiving control, contain the values they had when the longjmp function was called.
  • The values of register variables are unpredictable.
  • Nonvolatile auto variables that are changed between calls to the setjmp and longjmp functions are also unpredictable.
  • You can call the setjmp function in one of the following contexts only:
    • The entire controlling expression of a selection or iteration statement
    • One operand of a relational or equality operator with the other operand an integral constant expression, with the resulting expression being the entire controlling expression of a selection or iteration statement
    • The operand of a unary “!” operator with the resulting expression being the entire controlling expression of a selection or iteration
    • The entire expression of an expression statement (possibly cast to void).


This example stores the stack environment at the statement:
if(setjmp(mark) != 0) …

When the program first performs the if statement, it saves the environment in mark and sets the condition to FALSE because setjmp returns the value 0 when it saves the environment. The program prints the following message: setjmp has been called.

The next call to function p tests for a local error condition, which can cause it to perform the longjmp function. (The function p that performs the setjmp function can be in the same CSO or a separate CSO). Then control returns to the original setjmp function using the environment saved in mark. This time the condition is TRUE because -1 is the returned value from the longjmp function. The program then performs the statements in the block and prints the following: longjmp has been called. Finally, the program calls the recover function and returns.
/* This example shows the effect of having set the stack environment.  */
#include <stdio.h>
#include <setjmp.h>
jmp_buf mark;
void p(void);
void recover(void);
int ADLM(void)
   if (setjmp(mark) != 0) {
      printf("longjmp has been called\n");
   printf("setjmp has been called\n");
   return(32);       /* Return suitable value */
void p(void)
   int error = 0;
   error = 9;
   if (error != 0)
      longjmp(mark, -1);
void recover(void)

Related information

longjmp–Restore stack environment.

See z/TPF C functions overview for more information about z/TPF C/C++ language support.