Subject: Re: [boost] [Boost-users] Brainstorming [WAS: Subject: Formal Review of Proposed Boost.Process library starts tomorrow]
From: Jeremy Maitin-Shepard (jeremy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-02-14 16:00:08
On 02/14/2011 12:50 PM, Oliver Kowalke wrote:
> Am 14.02.2011 21:14, schrieb Jeremy Maitin-Shepard:
>> SIGCHLD handler will repeatedly invoke waitpid(-1, &status, WNOHANG |
>> WUNTRACED | WCONTINUED), and then invoke any registered handlers.
> why polling - it waists CPU cycles?
> I expect that the thread waiting for child processes state change blocks
> (gets suspended) until it is notified by the kernel that something has
> other worker-thread do other stuff like communicating with other process
It wouldn't poll indefinitely, as that would lock up the thread in which
the signal handler was invoked. It is simply invoked repeatedly until
the error ECHILD (meaning no more unwaited-for children) is returned.
The notification is in the form of SIGCHLD, but that just means one or
more children need to be waited on.