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DESTROY handler changes child exit status?

by saintmike (Vicar)
on May 09, 2013 at 07:04 UTC ( #1032733=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
saintmike has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I was surprised to find that a DESTROY handler called when an object goes out of scope changes the exit status of the child process it's running in, even if that child exits with exit(exit_code).

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package Foo; use strict; use warnings; sub new { bless {}, shift; } sub DESTROY { warn "$$: destroy"; system("waaaah"); } package main; use strict; use warnings; use POSIX ":sys_wait_h"; my $foo = Foo->new(); my $pid = fork(); die "fork failed" if !defined $pid; if( $pid ) { # parent print "$$: parent\n"; } else { # child print "$$: child\n"; # system("waaaah"); exit 5; } my $reaped = waitpid($pid, 0); my $child_exit_status = POSIX::WEXITSTATUS($?); print "pid=$reaped status: $child_exit_status\n";
shows
pid=4778 status: 255
although the child exits with exit(5). So the failing system() call in the DESTROY method of the object that goes out of scope overrides the explicitly set exit() value?

(If you comment out the system() call in the DESTROY handler and uncomment the one in the child code you'll get the expected exit code 5).

Surprised?

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Re: DESTROY handler changes child exit status? (feature $?)
by Anonymous Monk on May 09, 2013 at 07:21 UTC
      Ha, I'm on win32, using  local $?; reveals a bug in the fork emulation, the effect is opposite of what it should be, using local $? should not cause $? to be used for exit value (which should be the default behavior)
      package Foo; use strict; use warnings; sub new { bless {}, shift; } sub DESTROY { warn "$$: destroy"; local $? if @ARGV; system("waaaah"); } package main; use strict; use warnings; use POSIX ":sys_wait_h"; my $foo = Foo->new(); my $pid = fork(); die "fork failed" if !defined $pid; if( $pid ) { # parent print "$$: parent\n"; } else { # child print "$$: child\n"; # system("waaaah"); exit 5; } my $reaped = waitpid($pid, 0); print "reaped( $reaped) \$?( $? ) >> 8 ( @{[ $? >> 8 ]} )\n"; #~ my $child_exit_status = POSIX::WEXITSTATUS($?); #~ print "pid=$reaped status: $child_exit_status\n"; __END__ $ perl fudge 2060: parent -3360: child -3360: destroy at fudge line 8. 'waaaah' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. reaped( -3360) $?( 0 ) >> 8 ( 0 ) 2060: destroy at fudge line 8. 'waaaah' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. $ perl fudge local 1628: parent -3804: child -3804: destroy at fudge line 8. 'waaaah' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. reaped( -3804) $?( 1280 ) >> 8 ( 5 ) 1628: destroy at fudge line 8. 'waaaah' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

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