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Re: Help with patching PackageKit for *BSD

IIRC a process group will make the maintainence easier.
You may want to check negative values in kill(2).

Michael Tautschnig <mt@debian.org> wrote:

>> Hi!
>> I don't think this is the right place to request this help, but I
>> don't know a better one at time... (RFH seems to be too "big")
>> The problem is the following: PackageKit (Debian package
>> "src:packagekit") recently became Linux-specific by accident, and I
>> need someone who knows *BSD/portable-programming better than I do to
>> make it compile on *BSD again.
>> The problem is this code:
>> http://gitorious.org/packagekit/packagekit/blobs/master/lib/packagekit-glib2/pk-spawn-polkit-agent.c
>> On *BSD I get:
>> pk-spawn-polkit-agent.c:24:23: fatal error: sys/prctl.h: No such file
>> or directory
>> compilation terminated.
>> make[5]: *** [libpackagekit_glib2_la-pk-spawn-polkit-agent.lo] Error 1
>Well, the use of prctl is inherently unportable. So instead of having the forked
>agent set up a signal in case of death of the parent, install a proper signal
>handler right in the parent's code that kills all forked agents (so keep a
>container containing all agent pids) upon reception of a signal.
>Hope this helps,

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