Proposal: new signal-handling API

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at
Fri Jul 18 09:48:31 EDT 2008

On Fri, 2008-07-18 at 13:55 +0100, Simon Marlow wrote:
> I've just submitted a proposal for a new signal-handling API, the ticket is 
> here:
> Deadline: 1 Aug (2 weeks).

I'm happy with it. It's relatively simple now (earlier iterations had
more states).

The main question is if it's too simple. Can people who know about and
use signals take a look and see if it covers everything? I'm cc'ing a
couple more people who know about and use signals.

In particular, one simplification we made from an earlier design is that
it's not possible to go back to the default OS signal action without
explicitly removing all handlers. Previously there was a set of handlers
and an independent signal state, ignore, default or handled. Now the
state follows the set of handlers so when the set is empty then we get
the default signal action. There is no ignore state as such but one can
override the default handler by adding a handler that does nothing.

So each handler is relatively independent. You can't interfere with
another handler unless you have access to its HandlerId. That would seem
to be a good thing but I might be missing some use case.


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