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What I really want to do is call B from another Perl script A, and A kills B (with system("kill PID") or whatever), thereby killing C as well.

One way to do that is to localize the HUP signal handler and then send a HUP signal to your process group. You can have A do

{ local $SIG{HUP} = 'IGNORE'; kill HUP => -$$; }

I've attached a proof of concept demo. Sorry there's no backport, I got lazy once I had it working.
#!/opt/perl/bin/perl use 5.012; use warnings; say "A start"; my $pid; unless ( $pid = fork ) { die "cannot fork: $!" unless defined $pid; system("./"); sleep 30; exit; } sleep 2; say "A sending kill HUP -$$"; { local $SIG{HUP} = 'IGNORE'; kill HUP => -$$; } say "A waiting for lost children"; while (1) { my $kid = waitpid -1, 0; $kid == -1 and last; say "A reaped child $kid"; } say "A end";
#!/opt/perl/bin/perl use 5.012; use warnings; say " B start"; my $pid; unless ($pid = fork) { die "cannot fork: $!" unless defined $pid; system("./"); sleep 30; exit; } say " B waiting on lost children"; while (1) { my $kid = waitpid -1, 0; $kid == -1 and last; say " B reaped child $kid"; } sleep 30; say " B end";
#!/opt/perl/bin/perl use 5.012; use warnings; say " C start"; sleep 30; say " C exit";
$ ./ A start B start B waiting on lost children C start A sending kill HUP -20682 A waiting for lost children A reaped child 20683 A end

In reply to Re: Stopping subprocesses by rowdog
in thread Stopping subprocesses by James Board

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