[Rd] 2 questions about signal & broken connection in R

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Aug 14 18:38:57 CEST 2013

You seem to be assuming that Ctrl-C is the way to interrupt an R session 
and that it sends a signal.  Neither are true, in general, nor is there 
a general way to turn off interruptibility from the R console.

You have not followed the posting guide and it may be that you are only 
interested in some particular R setup -- which you did not tell us about.

If you want to run code so that it is not interruptible from a console, 
do not run it from a console ....

On 14/08/2013 11:30, Rong lI Li wrote:
> Hi, all,
> I have 2 questions about signal handling in R. Would you pls help give me
> some suggestions? Many thanks!
> [How to block the signal in one R function]:
> If one R function hopes to be running without interrupting, how can we
> avoid this?
> To be more specific, for one R function "func1", it will do a loop to send
> messages to another R process, and receive responses from peers. How can we
> avoid users interrupt this function by pressing "Ctrl+C", so that it can
> finish normally, without messing up the message protocol? Are there any way
> to block signal handling within the function?
> [why writing to one broken connection for the 3rd time will hang, instead
> of getting exceptions]:
> Such as, there is one broken socket connection (in blocking mode), which is
> closed by peer by calling "close(conn)".
> The 1st write will return. The 2nd write will get an exception. The 3rd
> write will hang there forever.
> How can users always get an exception or other error messages when writing
> to a broken connection, instead of possibly hanging there?
>> writeBin(as.integer(1), con, endian="big");
>> writeBin(as.integer(1), con, endian="big");
> Error in writeBin(as.integer(1), con, endian = "big") :
>    ignoring SIGPIPE signal
>> writeBin(as.integer(1), con, endian="big");  ----- hanging
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