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SubjectRe: [PATCH][RFC] Pollable /proc/<pid>/ - avoid SIGCHLD/poll() races
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Hi Paul,

On Thu, 04 Oct 2001, Paul Menage wrote:
>
> I've recently run across a problem where a server (in this case,
> sshd) can deadlock itself if a SIGCHLD arrives just before it calls
> select(), but after it has checked whether its child_terminated. So
> when the select() is called, the SIGCHLD signal handler has already
> run and set the child_terminated flag, and there's nothing to wake
> the select().
>
> The only real user-space solution to this is to have the SIGCHLD
> handler somehow cause the select() to return immediately

... or implement pselect:
http://mesh.eecs.umich.edu/cgi-bin/man2html/usr/share/man/man2/select.2.gz

or use sigsetjmp/siglongjmp

Both would be portable and not special to child handling.

Greetings
Christoph


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