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SubjectRe: parent process behaviour to signal after vfork()
Hi Valdis,

On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 12:38 AM, <Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu> wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Oct 2008 08:17:36 CDT, Michael Kerrisk said:
>
>> diff --git a/man2/vfork.2 b/man2/vfork.2
>> index 55044ad..8a7ed50 100644
>> --- a/man2/vfork.2
>> +++ b/man2/vfork.2
>> @@ -94,7 +94,10 @@ but may call
>> .PP
>> Signal handlers are inherited, but not shared.
>> Signals to the parent
>> -arrive after the child releases the parent's memory.
>> +arrive after the child releases the parent's memory (i.e., after the child calls
>> +.BR _exit (2)
>> +or
>> +.BR execve (2)).
>
> OK, I'll bite - when is the parent's memory released if the child doesn't
> depart by calling _exit() or execve(), but manages to get killed by an
> unhandled signal or the OOM killer or similar?

Yes, thanks for catching that. The wording really should say, until
the child does execve(2) or it terminates.

> (That's the generic problem with adding itemized lists to an explanation - it's
> rarely clear if the list is an exhaustive list, or a non-complete list of
> examples. Note how often we have flame wars regarding which EQUUX should be
> returned in a corner case that hinge on whether Posix says "Only FOO, BAR,
> and BAZ can be returned" or "FOO, BAR, BAZ are among the errors that can be
> returned")

I agree that this is sometime true, but examples need to be looked at
on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes using deliberately vague language
is appropriate. But sometimes, the solution is just better, more
precise language, and I think that's the case here. For
man-pages-3.13, I applied the patch below.

Cheers,

Michael


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