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Re: Signal delivered while blocked

On 2017-08-19 10:01, Noah Misch wrote:
What words in those chapters prompted your conclusion? I see nothing in 20.10 or 20.13 about contextual restrictions on SIG_SETMASK. Posix mentions no such
restrictions in its sigprocmask() page, and Posix does say:


My apologies! My command over the English language is poor. English is not my native tongue, and I have hard time getting my point across in English.

I am not a language genius.

Let me try again with regard to the most important thing.

Keep in mind, that I replied to your post after I had executed your code on
Linux (and had a hard look at your code).

I was astonished to see the 'run-away' stack on Linux ...

("that cannot be correct", was my thinking)

I should have written in my previous reply:

"you cannot make use of SIG_SETMASK in sigprocmask() within the context
     of a handler", IN THE WAY YOU DO IT"
"in the body of a signal handler, one cannot modify the signal mask w/o
     knowing what it was at the beginning"

1. when a signal handler is entered, the kernel will (usually) have added
    the signal number, associated to the handler, to the mask
2. the execution of a handler may be nested within the execution of another

Consequently, one does not know what the signal mask is at the beginning of
the critical section in the handler.

That is why you want to save the current signal mask when modifying it (at
the start of the critical section).

At the end of the critical section, one should restore the old signal mask,
or test it in case one want to revert the signal mask "by hand".

Take a look at listing 20-5 in LPI.

And yes, the above should be present in a text book about U/Linux (and yes,
it is not explicitly stated in LPI).



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