Making Replication Robust

Bron Gondwana brong at
Fri Oct 12 21:42:20 EDT 2007

On Fri, Oct 12, 2007 at 10:29:53AM -0400, Carson Gaspar wrote:
> David Carter wrote:
>> I'm still a little bothered about signal handling and EINTR. I did some 
>> experiments after our last chat about signals. In practice disk IO system 
>> calls seem to be reasonably safe against EINTR on both Linux and Solaris, 
>> but a trip to Google suggests that there are few guarantees:
>> There seems to be a spilt of opinion between BSD and SVR4: BSD tries to
>> retry while SVR4 throws EINTR. Linux of course can work either way:
> I suggest reading the POSIX specs. Restart vs. EINTR is specified 
> explicitly on any POSIX platform (including all the *BSDs, Solaris, Linux, 
> ...). If cyrus is still using signal() and friends anywhere, they 
> desperately need to be replaced with sigaction().

Apart from a couple of short-lived command line utilities it looks like
the only use of signal() is a bunch of 'signal(SIGPIPE, SIG_IGN);'
scattered through just about everything.

Most of the "interesting" signal handling is done with sigaction


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