I have a syslog.conf line that has a selector pointing to action that is a perl script. The script takes action based on the content of the line passed to it. Simple stuff. Works fine.

Wanting to be resource sensitive, I would like the script to terminate after so many idle seconds - its likely to get occasional bursts of input with quiet periods here and there. No problem, set an alarm with a maximum idle time and shutdown if it fires.

This works fine if I execute the script from the command line. Doesn't work at all if spawned by syslogd. I assume syslogd or the sh being fired to spawn the command are grabbing the alarm signal for themselves. I am missing something obvious. Is there any way to make this work?

As it is I can keep the program going all the time or I can have syslogd respawn it every time a line is sent. Neither option is appealing.

This problem seems to be relatively resistant to google searches for me thus far.


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