Subject: Re: unproven-pthreads problem (?) Virtual timer expired
To: Olaf Seibert <>
From: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
List: current-users
Date: 08/10/2000 19:30:10
    Date:        Thu, 10 Aug 2000 11:09:01 +0200
    From:        Olaf Seibert <>
    Message-ID:  <>

  | Which is it?

Tradition has always been that timers are inherited through both
fork() and exec() - from back when the only timer was that set by alarm()
(ie: from 7th edition days).

That allows a process to set timers to kill another process if it consumes
too much time (and doesn't arrange to catch the signal).