Doing job-control on you own ?

Doing job-control on you own ?

Post by Ole Nomann Thoms » Sun, 07 Oct 1990 01:48:47

Hello All.

I am trying to write a small shell-like program, that will enable me
to simulate a limited form of job-control on a system that hasn't got
it. (SCO Xenix rel. 2.3.2).

What I have in mind is this:

$ co-start prog1 prog2

Now, prog1 is active, until you generate some signal, at which
point prog1 is suspended, and prog2 starts up (and so on). To simplify
things, I will avoid detaching the suspended process from the terminal
and stuff like that.

My idea was something like this:

        signal(SOMESIGNAL, switch);
        /* SOMESIGNAL should be something the keyboard could generate */

        if (fork() == 0) exec ("Prog1");
        if (fork() == 0) exec ("Prog2");

        /* do something else */


        static int flag;

        if (flag == MYTURN) {
                flag = NOTMYTURN;
                resume; /* probably some longjump */
        } else {
                flag = MYTURN;
                sleep (INFINITE);


But then I realised: "Hey, the signal(SOMESIGNAL, switch) will never
survive the exec!", and I got stuck.

Isn't there some way of doing this, even when you <som'thing>IX
doesn't support job control? Or have I just asked for the impossible?

I would really appriciate help, ranging from: "You misused fork()" to:
"Ah, what you need is probably this: <CODE> Have fun.", or perhaps even:
"This is impossible because of <REASON>, you poor ignorant soul.".

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