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Re: SIGTERM ignored before exec race

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: SIGTERM ignored before exec race
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:42:08 -0500
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On 2/9/13 12:02 AM, Pádraig Brady wrote:
> $ rpm -q kernel glibc bash
> kernel-
> glibc-2.14.1-6.x86_64
> bash-4.2.10-4.fc15.x86_64
> I notice the following will wait for 5 seconds for
> the timeout process to end with SIGALRM, rather than
> immediately due to kill sending the SIGTERM.

This race condition is more apparent on systems where the scheduler gives
priority to interactive processes (like Mac OS X).  dash and mksh behave
the same as bash on my Mac OS X boxes.  ksh93 does not, but it appears to
do something with SIGTERM internally rather than setting the handler to

That may be the way to go with this.  I'll have to look at it some more.


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