Title: Signal handler is invoked recursively
Type: behavior Stage:
Components: Extension Modules Versions:
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Assigned To: Nosy List: msakai
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Created on 2020-02-24 03:22 by msakai, last changed 2020-02-24 03:22 by msakai.

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msg362562 - (view) Author: Masahiro Sakai (msakai) Date: 2020-02-24 03:22
If I run following program, the parent process fails with "RecursionError: maximum recursion depth exceeded", because the signal handler is invoked during the execution of the same handler.

import os
import signal
import time

def f(signum, frame):

signal.signal(signal.SIGUSR1, f)

parent_pid = os.getpid()
child_pid = os.fork()
if child_pid == 0:
    for i in range(100000):
        os.kill(parent_pid, signal.SIGUSR1)
    os.waitpid(child_pid, 0)

This behavior is in contrast to other languages such as C or Ruby.

In C, when a handler function is invoked on a signal, that signal is automatically blocked during the time the handler is running, unless SA_NODEFER is specified.

In Ruby, signal handler is handled in a way similar to Python (i.e. flag is set by C-level signal handler and Ruby/Python-level signal handler is executed later point which is safe for VM), but it prevents recursive signal handler invocation. (Related issue and commit: )

I believe that behavior of C and Ruby is desirable, because writing reentrant signal handler is sometimes error prone.
Date User Action Args
2020-02-24 03:22:43msakaicreate