POLL: disable signalfd usage by default?

lekmalek lekmalek at gmail.com
Sat Nov 14 09:19:48 CET 2009

On Sat, 14 Nov 2009 01:24:36 +0100
Marc Lehmann <schmorp at schmorp.de> wrote:

> I'd wish to ask you what you think about disabling signalfd usage by
> default.
> Here are the pros of signalfd:
> - signal handling becomes very easy and efficient
> - it is simple to use signals from multiple loops (when one requires
> signalfd)
> - it would make it possible to implement realtime signals later
>   using this approach, without having to queue data in a signal
> handler (which is hard).
> And here is the contra:
>   signalfd usage requires blocking the signal handlers. unlike setting
>   signal handlers to IGN, many programs don't expect this, and since
> the signal mask is inherited at exec time, this can lead to
> subprograms not handling signals as expected.
> While I personally enjoy signalfd very much, the potential for
> problems is imho large, as the problem is subtle and might go
> unnoticed, especially when not developing on a current linux kernel.
> So what do you think, should signalfd usage be requested explicitly
> and otherwise not be used?
> If we adopt this, then I would change libev to have these creation
> flags:
> #define EVFLAG_NOSIGFD             0U // for compatibility
> #define EVFLAG_SIGFD      0x00400000U // to request signalfd support
> Ideas?
a selfish +1 for not using signalfd by default (multiprocessing in
python is a bit more difficult to use when signals are blocked in


More information about the libev mailing list