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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Tuesday November 05, 2002
04:04 AM

exec() problems sussed.

[ #8766 ]

I figured it out. Here's what I'm doing now - when I wait for clamd's socket to appear, I also check if the child process still exists using kill(0 => $pid). If it no longer exists, then it must have died somehow, and we have to stop the test.

Thanks Ovid and jm for allowing me to bounce thoughts around.

Full code sample:

my $pid = fork;
die "Fork failed" unless defined $pid;
if (!$pid) {
    exec "eclamd -c clamav.conf";
    die "Clamd failed to start: $!";
for (1..10) {
  last if (-e "clamsock");
  if (kill(0 => $pid) == 0) {
    die "Clamd appears to have died";

It's possible I can turn the for (1..10) into a while(1) now, but I think I'll leave it like that for now.

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