ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG15 N743
1997 October 20
Canada requests that the U.S. member body submit the following to the U.S. development body for review and comment and respond not later than the next WG15 meeting.
> Submitted-by: email@example.com > > In this thread, I have suggested that UNIX standards be amended to prevent > the inheritance of SIG_IGN as a SIGCHLD signal disposition. I want to > emphasize that this suggestion is not to affect any other signal. Also, > this would only be a relatively minor change to the semantics of exec() > calls and their variants. > > In POSIX.1, because it does not sanction SIG_IGN as a SIGCHLD disposition, > the effect of this change is to increase the likelihood that the initial > environment a programme finds itself in after an exec() call conforms to > POSIX.1. > > Upon further examination of UNIX98, I also suggest that the inheritance of > the SA_NOCLDWAIT flag be prevented. The effect of both suggestions on > UNIX98 is to prevent an implementation from discarding zombie processes > without the consent of the programme running in the parent process. In > addition, any such consent would need to be renewed after every exec() > call the parent process makes. > > In both cases, the suggested changes are intended to eliminate a > contradiction that exists between the standards and widespread practice. > > Because UNIX98 is essentially an evolution of Spec1170 and UNIX95, I doubt > I need to bother with having them changed. That said, what's my next > step? How do I go about starting the process to have POSIX.1 and UNIX98 > amended? The web sites are not overly clear on this point. > > Thanks. > > -- > Marc Aurele La France | work: 1-403-492-9310 > Computing and Network Services | fax: 1-403-492-1729 > 352 General Services Building | email: firstname.lastname@example.org > University of Alberta > Edmonton, Alberta > T6G 2H1 > CANADA