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Old 12-06-2005, 06:19 AM   #1
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Killing the sleeping script does not kill sleep


I'm having some trouble with a simple daemon I'm working on.
This bash script only has to sleep a lot of time and then do a few things.
The problem is: when other processes kill the daemon (with killall), it does die, but the sleep process continues running.
After several executions and killings of the script, my ps gets filled with "sleep 7200" stuff

How could I solve this problem?

Thank you!
Old 12-06-2005, 09:50 AM   #2
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You could try having your script do "pstree -p | grep sleep", pull out the PID and kill the sleep process when you don't need it...
Old 12-06-2005, 12:39 PM   #3
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I'm not sure how you've organized these processes... You don't tell us anything about how you built the code.

If the sleeping process is a child of the process that you are killing, then it should die as well.

If the sleeping process has been spawned as an entirely separate process from the one that originally created it, then it won't be killed with its original parent.

Usually, servers are responsible for their children. Upon receipt of a SIGTERM, they terminate the child-processes then terminate themselves. This enables them to control the timing in which these operations take place... so that the parent won't "pull the rug out from under" a child process. (This would be the sort of thing that never happens during development testing, and then happens every time at the customer site.)
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don't ya can kill the sleeping process? :S
Old 12-07-2005, 02:49 AM   #5
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When I killall the script with the sleep command running, I find that the sleep survives. Here it is...

WARNING: noob code follows

if [ $# = 1 ]
	sleep $1
	touch /var/flags/ppp_disconnect
	echo Please specify timeout as parameter


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