waste of resources ?

Arne Mueller a.mueller at icrf.icnet.uk
Tue Jun 8 15:58:03 CEST 1999


Hi All,


> 
> Another thing to note is that when a child process dies the parent
> will be sent a SIGCHLD signal (I think this also applies if the child
> process was paused with SIGSTOP).  If you just want to ignore the
> return code of the child process, use code like this:
> 
> import signal
> import os
> 
> def sigchild_handler(signum, frame):
>     os.wait()
> 
> signal.signal(signal.SIGCHLD, sigchild_handler)
> 
> This will run os.wait for each child process that exits.  You will
> need to catch the return value of os.wait and inspect it if you care
> what the process returned or whether it was killed by a signal.
> 

Hm, that doesn't work properly  with my program. THe number of zombie
processes is steadily at about 20, which means there are 20 unhandled
died children.  

	Arne




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