Why workers die when sending KILL to master?

Iñaki Baz Castillo ibc at aliax.net
Sat Jan 9 16:54:13 EST 2010

Hi, in my customized "unicorn" executable I create N forks in master process 
to behave as posix_mq readers.

I added a "at_exit" block just in master process so they are killed when the 
master receives a signal to terminate.

The only issue I'm experimenting is the fact that they are not killed if the 
master process receives a KILL signal. However Unicorn workers are terminated 
after master is killed with KILL signal. Could I know how such cool feature is 

AFAIK when a process receives a KILL signal it just dies and cannot capture 
such signal so this should be a feature implemented in workers (in some way 
they can detect if master has died, am I right?). If so, could I be pointed to 
the exact code in which the feature is implemented? I would like to replicate 
it in my extra-processes.

Thanks a lot.

Iñaki Baz Castillo <ibc at aliax.net>

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