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Old 10-14-2009

I want to check if an application is still running under C. So far I've been using
int rc;
rc=WEXITSTATUS( [PID here] )

if(rc > 0)
   //then I exited

I was wondering seeing as WEXITSTATUS in man pages is close to the WAIT() if it was thread blocking and if it was how would I go about making my code non-blocking without threads?

Last edited by james2432; 10-19-2009 at 11:40 AM..
# 2  
Old 10-14-2009
pid_t waitpid(pid_t pid, int *status, int options);
// use WNOHANG as the option

This returns the pid when if the process ended, or it checks and returns right away if the child process is still active.

---------- Post updated at 11:48 ---------- Previous update was at 11:00 ----------

If it is not a child process -

if(kill(pid, 0) == 0 )
    printf("process running\n");

        printf("process stopped\n");
        perror("cannot signal the process");

# 3  
Old 10-14-2009
The thing is I'm creating a daemon to check that certain applications are running(via PID) I do not initially launch them(so they are not my children) and I don't really feel like trying to kill something that I'm to prevent from stopping. would waitpid still work even though it's not my child?
# 4  
Old 10-14-2009
if your just checking to see if PID exists. use kill(pid,0); see man page for details.
# 5  
Old 10-16-2009
When you're writing a daemon consider using a lockfile to prevent two instacnes of the daemon from running. Otherwise the kill(pid,0) approach works fine.
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