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From Rici Lake <>
Subject Re: Flushing lingering CGI processes
Date Thu, 31 Mar 2005 14:23:53 GMT

On 31-Mar-05, at 6:16 AM, Nick wrote:

> As a refinement;
> The timer firstly sends a signal to the CGI program which may be 
> caught by the CGI program to generate some form of output. This output 
> will prove whether the http connection is still open. If the CGI 
> program doesn't output anything, a TERM is sent. If still no output 
> and process is still running, a KILL is sent.

This seems overly complex to me, and furthermore a bit difficult to 
actually implement in a CGI. How is a CGI to know whether it is "hung"? 
If it could figure that out, it could kill itself easily enough, but I 
believe it to be a computationally intractable problem related to the 
halting problem; certainly it is not something I'd like to try in a 
bash script. :)

It seems to me that a simple timer would be sufficient; however, it 
would be nice to be able to configure individual CGIs (or directories 
of CGIs) with longer or shorter timers; I have seen instances of 
webapps with CGIs which compute for several minutes, or even longer. 
(Presumably, the users of such webapps are very patient or really need 
the results.)


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