Review Request: Workaround for the hang (freeze) when opening VLC's file dialog under KDE...

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Fri Feb 4 20:30:28 GMT 2011

On Friday, 4 de February de 2011 19:38:51 Oswald Buddenhagen wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 04, 2011 at 06:28:10PM +0100, Thiago Macieira wrote:
> > Em sexta-feira, 4 de fevereiro de 2011, às 18:17:13, Thiago Macieira 
> > > I thought about that. My work on no-thread-until-pipes-close had
> > > already documented this as a behaviour change.
> > 
> > Think about it anyway: if the child process dies but the grandchild one
> > doesn't, it will die when the current application exits.
> not if it doesn't actually care for its stdio, like most gui
> applications. and as redirecting stdio is the default in qprocess, this
> would happen rather often.
> > There is another drawback: the child process would be a Zombie until all
> > its children died too.
> yes, and expected qt signals would not be delivered, so the parent would
> livelock.
> i've been through this 
ith naive implementations. trust me, it just
> doesn't work.

Ok, fair enough. Threading-after-pipes-closed is not an option then.

That leaves back again at square one:
 - one thread per subprocess
 - SIGCHLD handler
 - kernel developers give us some new syscalls like pidfd or waitpidv

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