Re: [PATCH] n_tty_read: check for hanging tty while waiting for input

From: Aristeu Rozanski
Date: Wed Feb 18 2015 - 10:56:41 EST

Hi Peter,
On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 10:40:10AM -0500, Peter Hurley wrote:
> The child is not receiving SIGHUP because /dev/ttyS0 was not set as the
> controlling terminal by ioctl(TIOCSCTTY), which is failing (probably
> with errno == EPERM). You need to check the return value and errno.
> To set the controlling tty, the calling process must be a session leader;
> ie., have called setsid() before ioctl(TIOCSCTTY). Check the return value
> for that too.
> FWIW, the idiom for starting a session leader is for the parent to
> fork a child and exit and for the child to become the session leader with
> setsid() and establish its controlling tty either with ioctl(TIOCSCTTY)
> or simply opening the first tty.
> The reason for this idiom is that setsid() will fail for an existing
> group leader (because otherwise a group leader could abandon existing
> members of its process group, leaving them without a group leader in
> a different session).
> I highly recommend Ch 34 of Michael Kerrisk's book, "The Linux Programming
> Interface", especially if this is not a toy project.

Actually wrote this trying to reproduce a problem a customer is seeing
in a commercial application, but clearly I need to read it. Specifically
about the console behavior, would you recommend the same book? Every
time I need details like this I fail to find any reference online.
Thanks for your help


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