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Bug 3215

Summary: signal-misdelivery in X?
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: aaron
Component: XFree86Assignee: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Version: 6.0CC: zab
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Hardware: i386   
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Description aaron 1999-06-02 17:31:24 UTC
I'm not sure whether or not the problem is a kernel signal
delivery one, or whether it's just the new version of Xfree
programs being flaky, but I'm finding this extremely

If I kill an xterm with a SIGTERM, it goes comatose instead
of killing its child shell and going away.

select(8, [6 7], [], NULL, NULL)        = ? ERESTARTNOHAND
(To be restarted)
--- SIGTERM (Terminated) ---
fork()                                  = 1350
wait4(1350, NULL, 0, NULL)              = 1350
--- SIGCHLD (Child exited) ---

at which point it just sits, which of course during a logout
leads to a bunch of xterms and their child shells sitting
around in the process table, eating ptys and memory for not
reason at all.  The same fate awaits any processes run from
a user's .xsession.

if a SIGHUP is sent to the child shell, then the xterm

Repeating the same experiment on a NetBSD box leads to the
expected results, with no orphaned xterms in the process
table after a logout.

I'm running a 400Mhz K6-2, stepping 12, with kernel 2.2.5 as
shipped with RH6.0  I have tried kernels 2.2.4, 2.2.9, and
2.3.4 compiled with gcc and egcs without any

This signal misdelivery also shows up on my AMD 5x86-133 at
home, also running RH6.0 with distributed 2.2.5 kernel.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-02 18:22:59 UTC
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 2767 ***