Jam Jam - 29 days ago 12
C Question

For waitpid, how do I know if the child finishes its process?

First, I fork a child to do something,
and I use

waitpid(-1, &child_status, WNOHANG)
; in the parent to let parent continue instead of waiting for child to finish.

How do I know when the child finished its process?

Answer

You can set up a signal handler for SIGCHLD which gets sent automatically when a child process exits.

The signal processor can then set a global flag which can be periodically checked in other parts of the program. If the flag is set, call wait or waitpid to get the child's exit status.

int child_exit_flag = 0;

void child_exit(int sig)
{
    child_exit_flag = 1;
}

...

signal(SIGCHLD, child_exit);

...

if (child_exit_flag) {
    pid_t pid;
    int status;

    child_exit_flag = 0;
    pid = wait(&status);
    printf("child pid %d exited with status %d\n", pid, status);
}
Comments