another silly programming question.
whats the easiest way to see if a parent process is still alive?
I could find out the ppid with getppid and send it a signal. If the signal
is ESRCH, the it doesn't exist. Is there a better way?
The signal solution might get confused if the parent is threading. I know
ps shows up different pids for threads so I might get nobbled if the
calling thread died. Another major problem is that there is a small chance
the parent would die and another process would be created with the same
All this boils down to solving a shared memory problem. I talk to a child
process through shared memory and the child needs to know when it has to
die. It should die when the parent does and clean up the shared memory.
Unfortunately, the parent doesn't know when it's going to die, it happens
unexpectangly so I can't just call a "quit" function. So I want the child
to keep an eye on it's parent. If the parent dies, the child kills itself.
Any insights on how this should be done properably?
ps This is in aid of making a certain "ugly" hack prettier :-)
C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot.
C++ makes it harder, but when you do, you blow away your whole leg
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