Re: [hackers] [dwm][PATCH] do not call signal-unsafe function inside sighanlder

From: NRK <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2022 06:42:34 +0600

On Tue, Jul 19, 2022 at 12:05:48AM +0200, François-Xavier Carton wrote:
> Technically, no standard guarantees that the handler stays after being
> called once. The implementation could reset it to the default action.

Hmm, didn't know about that.

> One may want to re-add a call to signal here, without error checking, to
> ensure the handler remains in case SIGCHLD is raised multiple times.

Alternatively we could revert this patch and then change the `die` call
to `write` and `_exit`; both of which are async-signal-safe.

        sigchld(int unused)
                if (signal(SIGCHLD, sigchld) == SIG_ERR) {
                        char errmsg[] = "Can't install SIGCHLD handler";
                        write(2, errmsg, sizeof errmsg);
                while (0 < waitpid(-1, NULL, WNOHANG));

This can't call `perror` similar to `die` as that's not signal safe.

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