N3910: What can signal handlers do? -- Hans-J. Boehm

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Document number: N3910

Date: 2014-02-14

What can signal handlers do?

by Hans-J. Boehm


This is a revision of N3787. It attempts to reflect the remaining comments from CWG discussions in Chicago. It also reflects further in person discussions with Jens Maurer and Clark Nelson at the Issaquah meeting, and subsequent feedback from both SG1 and core. Some of the wording here came directly from Jens.

... in the process of relaxing the restrictions on asynchronous signal handlers to allow use of atomics, we inadvertently made it impossible to use even local variables of non-volatile, non-atomic type.

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