Due to portability issues across UNIX versions sigaction(2) should be used
instead of signal(2).
>From the signal(2) man page:
The behavior of signal() varies across UNIX versions, and has also var‐
ied historically across different versions of Linux. Avoid its use:
use sigaction(2) instead.
Unfortunately MinGW under Windows has limited support for signal and no
support for sigaction. And this prevents sigaction from being used across
the entire Git project.
In compat/mingw.c there is a faux sigaction function but it only supports
SIGALARM. Hence the need for continuing to use signal() in other cases.
This patch expands the faux sigaction function so that it calls signal in
cases other than SIGALRM. Now sigaction can be used across the entire Git
project and MinGW will still work with signal as it did before.
Signed-off-by: Jeremiah Mahler <jmmah...@gmail.com>
compat/mingw.c | 9 +++++----
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
diff --git a/compat/mingw.c b/compat/mingw.c
index e9892f8..e504cef 100644
@@ -1651,14 +1651,15 @@ int setitimer(int type, struct itimerval *in, struct
int sigaction(int sig, struct sigaction *in, struct sigaction *out)
- if (sig != SIGALRM)
- return errno = EINVAL,
- error("sigaction only implemented for SIGALRM");
if (out != NULL)
return errno = EINVAL,
error("sigaction: param 3 != NULL not implemented");
- timer_fn = in->sa_handler;
+ if (sig == SIGALRM)
+ timer_fn = in->sa_handler;
+ signal(sig, in->sa_handler);
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