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There are several disadvantages to installing a SIGCHLD handler

  • Signals aren't reliable so you may not get one for every child expiry. Using waitpid in a loop will help here.
  • You can get SIGCHLDs from your children when they haven't died (eg your child gets sent a SIGSTOP - the parent will get a SIGCHLD)
  • You can get SIGCHLDs from perl operations like open "|.." and backticks if you are unlucky which can confuse things.
  • Unreliable signals are evil!

Some of the examples in The Perl Cookbook have the correct waitpid in a loop in the SIGCHLD handler, but some don't (for instance the section on a preforking daemon).

Personally I would ignore SIGCHLD and make the parent wait() for the children to die. It will be nicely blocked (ie not using any excess CPU) until it needs to do something (ie make more children).


In reply to Re: Re: Re: Have children maintain themselves or main script maintain children. by ncw
in thread Have children maintain themselves or main script maintain children. by the_0ne

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