[PATCH] getty: Wait until all output written to stdout has beentransmitted

Cathey, Jim jcathey at ciena.com
Mon Jan 24 17:11:15 UTC 2011

>> +	/* Wait up to 5 seconds for the output buffer to drain */
>> +	signal(SIGALRM, record_signo);
>> +	alarm(5);
>> +	tcdrain(STDIN_FILENO);
>> +	alarm(0);
>> +	signal(SIGALRM, SIG_DFL);

>How does this work? Normally plain signal sets SA_RESTART and won't be
>interrupting. You need sigaction without SA_RESTART, or the BB
>wrapper, to get the interrupting behavior that's desired. Was this
>code tested?

Perhaps I missed something, but wasn't the purpose to ensure the
flush happened before the program exited?  In that case, wouldn't:

	signal(SIGALRM, exit);
	tcdrain(STDOUT_FILENO); // Stdout, not stdin, isn't it?
	signal(SIGALRM, SIG_DFL);

do it?  Restart bits don't matter if you're not coming back.
There is no recovery strategy for the tcdrain anyway.  All signals
_are_ interrupting, you _will_ take the signal no matter where
you are in the flow of execution.

Or is all this just before closing the transmitting fd,
but _not_ exiting?  In which case what happens after the
alarm signal hits _does_ matter?

-- Jim

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