Immort Immort - 1 year ago 101
C++ Question

Signal handling in mutlti-threaded process

I have a basic problem of handling signal in a multi-threaded process.

In my code, I create one sub-thread from the main thread, to listen to a

which will be later trigger by main thread (using other function like
gives me the same result, so please don't focus on this).

The problem is, instead of catching the signal, the whole process terminated with a strange "Alarm clock" output on the console.

This is my code:

#include <iostream>
#include <sys/time.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <csignal>

using namespace std;

void* run_something(void* args){
//unblock the SIGALRM to be catched
sigset_t sig;
sigaddset(&sig, SIGALRM);
sigprocmask(SIG_UNBLOCK, &sig, NULL); //tried with pthread_sigmask

//wait for SIGALRM
int catchedSig;
sigwait(&sig, &catchedSig);
cout<<"in sub-thread, SIGALRM catched, return"<<endl;

int main(int argc, char** argv){
//block SIGALRM in main thread
sigset_t sig;
sigaddset(&sig, SIGALRM);
sigprocmask(SIG_BLOCK, &sig, NULL);

//create new thread
pthread_t thread;
pthread_attr_t attr;
pthread_create(&thread, &attr, run_something, NULL);

//trigger SIGARLM after 2s
alarm(2); //tried with timer_create/sigevent

cout<<"in main thread, waiting for sub-thread to terminate"<<endl;
pthread_join(thread, NULL);
cout<<"in main thread, terminating"<<endl;


Expected result

  • in main thread, waiting for sub-thread to terminate

  • in sub-thread,
    getting caught, return

  • in main thread, terminating

Observed result

  • in main thread, waiting for sub-thread to terminate

  • Alarm clock

Additional info:
I'm using g++ (Debian 5.4.0-4) 5.4.0 20160609.

Answer Source

Your run_something thread unblocks SIGALRM before calling sigwait for that signal, but this is undefined behavior. sigwait removes a signal from the set of pending (i.e., blocked) signals.

Don't unblock in your thread and you'll see the behavior you expect.

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