System call

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In computing, a system call, or software interrupt is the mechanism used by an application program to request service from the operating system. System calls often use a special machine code instruction which causes the processor to change mode (e.g. to "supervisor mode" or "protected mode"). This allows the OS to perform restricted actions such as accessing hardware devices or the memory management unit.

On Posix and similar systems, popular system calls are close, execve, fork, kill, open, read, wait, and write.

This article was originally based on material from the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, which is licensed under the GFDL.
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