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wait, waitpid - wait for process to terminate
pid_t wait(int *status)
pid_t waitpid(pid_t pid, int *status, int options)
Wait causes its caller to delay until a signal is received or one of its child processes terminates. If any child has died since the last
wait, return is immediate, returning the process id and exit status of one of the terminated children. If there are no children, return is
immediate with the value -1 returned.
On return from a successful wait call, status is nonzero, and the high byte of status contains the low byte of the argument to exit sup-
plied by the child process; the low byte of status contains the termination status of the process. A more precise definition of the status
word is given in <sys/wait.h>. If wait can called with a null pointer argument to indicate that no status need be returned.
Waitpid provides an alternate interface for programs that must not block when collecting the status of child processes, or that wish to
wait for one particular child. The pid parameter is the process ID of the child to wait for, -1 for any child. The status parameter is
defined as above. The options parameter is used to indicate the call should not block if there are no processes that wish to report status
(WNOHANG), and/or that children of the current process that are stopped due to a SIGTTIN, SIGTTOU, SIGTSTP, or SIGSTOP signal should also
have their status reported (WUNTRACED). (Job control is not implemented for Minix, but these symbold and signals are.)
When the WNOHANG option is specified and no processes wish to report status, waitpid returns -1 with errno set to EAGAIN. The WNOHANG and
WUNTRACED options may be combined by or'ing the two values.
The call wait(&status) is equivalent to waitpid(-1, &status, 0).
See sigaction(2) for a list of termination statuses (signals); 0 status indicates normal termination. A special status (0177) is returned
for a stopped process that has not terminated and can be restarted; see ptrace(2). If the 0200 bit of the termination status is set, a
core image of the process was produced by the system.
If the parent process terminates without waiting on its children, the initialization process (process ID = 1) inherits the children.
<sys/wait.h> defines a number of macros that operate on a status word:
True if normal exit.
Exit status if the process returned by a normal exit, zero otherwise.
Signal number if the process died by a signal, zero otherwise.
True if the process died by a signal.
True if the process is stopped. (Never true under Minix.)
Signal number of the signal that stopped the process.
If wait returns due to a stopped or terminated child process, the process ID of the child is returned to the calling process. Otherwise, a
value of -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.
Waitpid returns -1 if there are no children not previously waited for, if the process that it wants to wait for doesn't exist, or if WNO-
HANG is specified and there are no stopped or exited children.
Wait will fail and return immediately if one or more of the following are true:
[ECHILD] The calling process has no existing unwaited-for child processes.
[EFAULT] The status argument points to an illegal address.
[EAGAIN] Waitpid is called with the WNOHANG option and no child has exited yet.
execve(2), exit(2), sigaction(2).
4th Berkeley Distribution June 30, 1985 WAIT(2)