View Full Version : gdb not trapping sigwait

March 8th, 2007, 09:57 PM
I have a threaded program uses a thread to call sigwait and handle signals. When running this program in GDB, it fails to trap SIGINT and terminates my program instead of returning control to gdb. Running on an IBM Thinkpad T42 with Edgy Eft. I tried using the default gdb (6.4.90-debian) and gdb pulled from CVS today, it fails to trap the signal in both cases. Here is a shorted version the code and sample invocation (compile with g++ -o sigwait -pthread sigwait.cc) :

#include <pthread.h>
#include <csignal>
#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

void* threadFunc(void* arg);

int main() {
sigset_t set;
sigemptyset( &set );
sigaddset( &set, SIGINT );
sigaddset( &set, SIGTERM );

// Block new threads from getting signals
pthread_sigmask(SIG_BLOCK, &set, NULL );

// Create a thread
pthread_t id;
pthread_attr_t attr;
pthread_create(&id, &attr, threadFunc, (void*)NULL);

// wait for signal
int sig = 0;
do {
int rc = sigwait( &set, &sig );
if (rc != 0) {
cerr << "error in sigwait" << endl;
cout << "received signal " << sig << endl;

} while (sig != SIGINT);

void* threadFunc(void *) {
while(true) { sleep(1); }

sample gdb session where I hit control-C to interrupt the program:

samm@joule:~/gdb-build$ ./gdb/gdb ~/sigwait
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This GDB was configured as "i686-pc-linux-gnu"...
Using host libthread_db library "/lib/tls/i686/cmov/libthread_db.so.1".
(gdb) info handle SIGINT
Signal Stop Print Pass to program Description
SIGINT Yes Yes No Interrupt
(gdb) run
Starting program: /home/samm/sigwait
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
[New Thread -1210939728 (LWP 26670)]
[New Thread -1210942560 (LWP 26673)]
received signal 2

Program exited normally.

uname output:

samm@joule:~/gdb-build$ uname -a
Linux joule 2.6.17-11-386 #2 Thu Feb 1 19:50:13 UTC 2007 i686 GNU/Linux

I would expect gdb to trap the signal and not pass it on to the program (as evident by the info handle SIGINT output) but that clearly isn't the case. Any ideas here? I did a google search and found some mentions of a bug in the 2.6 kernel but I haven't got much further than that:


Mr. C.
March 9th, 2007, 03:08 AM
Its been a while, but have you looked at:

help handle

in gbd? Some signals need to be handled specially.


March 9th, 2007, 03:30 PM
Hi Mr. C, in my gdb output in the original post it shows SIGINT is supposed to be handled by gdb and not sent to the program.

Mr. C.
March 9th, 2007, 07:44 PM
Apologies - I missed that. Too fatigued I suppose.

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