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bug#14640: SA_RESTART prevents execution of signal handlers

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#14640: SA_RESTART prevents execution of signal handlers
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:48:33 +0200
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Andy Wingo <address@hidden> skribis:

> On Mon 17 Jun 2013 15:54, address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:
>> When using SA_RESTART, signal handlers are never executed, as in this
>> example (checked on 2.0.9+):
>> (sigaction SIGALRM
>>   (lambda (signum)
>>     (pk 'sig signum))
>> (alarm 3)
>> (pk 'char (read-char))
>> Presumably this is because the read(2) syscall is automatically
>> restarted, leaving no chance for the handler async to run.
> Thinking about this a bit -- since we always handle signals
> asynchronously and have no intention of handling them synchronously,
> then we just have to document this behavior.  Done in e877e1b:

I think it’s problematic though.  With the current design, signal
delivery is unreliable (with or without SA_RESTART; what we observe with
SA_RESTART occurs similarly if you make a syscall right after queuing,
but not running, an async.)

The more I think about it, the more I think a different approach is
needed.  On GNU/Linux, signalfd(2) may be part of the solution.


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