[Rd] Ctrl+C in R will terminate the child process which is spawned by using "pipe"

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Tue Jul 2 18:13:23 CEST 2013

On Jul 2, 2013, at 11:46 AM, Rong lI Li wrote:

> Hi, all,
> I pressed Ctrl+C in R process, and found that the child process which was
> spawned by using "pipe" is terminated due to this.
> Are there any way to work around it, so that the child process can run
> happily without being terminated? Or can we block the signal for the child
> process?

Yes, simply handle the INT signal in your C++ process and do what you deem appropriate (which does include the option of doing nothing / ignoring).

Other option is to do a double-fork ( fork -> if (fork()) exit) so you disassociate the child from the parent group or to possibly use setsid(), both as to not share the terminal with the parent.


> 1. I used pipe to spawn one C++ process, which will running in a loop
> without exiting immediately.
> z <- pipe("./mytest", open = "r+")
>> z
> description       class        mode        text      opened    can read
> "./mytest"      "pipe"        "r+"      "text"    "opened"       "yes"
>  can write
>       "no"
> 2. When I press "Ctrl+C" in the current R shell, I found the forked child
> process was also terminated. Are there any way to work around it?
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> Rong "Jessica", Li (ÀîÈÙ)
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