Thread: Signal handler function - pointer to this gets lost

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    Signal handler function - pointer to this gets lost

    The Class I'm currently writing should do the following:

    Setting up a POSX timer (OK), setting up a signal-handler function (OK) which calls a member function and therefore uses the this-pointer (not OK).
    void Scheduler::setUp() {
    	// interval occurrence
    	this->timerSpecs.it_interval.tv_sec = 0;
    	this->timerSpecs.it_interval.tv_nsec = HARDCODEDSCHINTERVALL;
    	// First occurrence
    	this->timerSpecs.it_value.tv_sec = 0;
    	this->timerSpecs.it_value.tv_nsec = HARDCODEDSCHINTERVALL;
    	// Define sigaction method
    	this->SignalAction.sa_sigaction = Scheduler::tic;  // the static signal handler function 
    	// set mask empty -> react on all signals
    	this->SignalAction.sa_flags = SA_SIGINFO;
    	// Define sigEvent
    	this->signalEvent.sigev_value.sival_ptr = this;
    	if (timer_create(CLOCK_REALTIME, NULL /*&this->signalEvent*/,
    			&this->timerID) != 0) { // timer id koennte mit private probleme geben
    		// TODO: throw Exception
    	// install tic as signal handler
    	if (sigaction(SIGALRM, &this->SignalAction, NULL)) {
    		perror("Could not install new signal handler");
    // Class layout
    class Scheduler {
    	virtual ~Scheduler();
    	timer_t timerID;
    	sigset_t SigBlockSet;
    	struct sigevent signalEvent;
    	struct sigaction SignalAction;
    	struct itimerspec timerSpecs;
    	typedef pair<int, InfClockListener&> wakeUpCandidate;
    	 * Vector containing the Input Devices which want to be waken up
    	vector<wakeUpCandidate *> wakeUpCandidates;
    	int debug;
    	 * Add an InputDevice to the scheduler
    	 * @param interval Read-Out Intervall in Hz (n/seconde)
    	 * @param listener The reference to the input object
    	void wakeMeUp(int interval, InfClockListener& listener);
    	 * Smallest possible time event RT.
    	 * Fired by the SIGALRM due timer stop
    	 * Checks the wakeUpCadidates and fires them up.
    	static void tic(int sigNumb, siginfo_t *si, void *uc);
    	 * Prepares all necessary stuff (timer, blocking set usw.)
    	void setUp();
    As you can see in the function setUp(), I store the this-pointer into the sigev_value to pass it to the signal-handler function.

    This function looks like this:
    void Scheduler::tic(int sigNumb, siginfo_t *si, void *uc) {
    	core::Scheduler * ptrScheduler =
    			reinterpret_cast<Scheduler *> (si->si_value.sival_ptr); // points to something other than I stored!
            int debugInt;
    	debugInt = ptrScheduler->debug; // contains the wrong value stored in a public member variable
    	debugInt= ptrScheduler->wakeUpCandidates.size();  // returns the incorrect size 3931200
    Now the problem starts: During the signal-handler function I can us the passed pointer to access member function in the class Scheduler. That confuses me, because the pointer to the Scheduler Object is not the same at is was during the signal setupUp() function. Although I can access member of the class Scheduler through this new pointer but all I get are wrong random values.

    Where gets the si->si_value.sival_ptr changed? What I'm doing wrong?

    thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maus View Post
    Where gets the si->si_value.sival_ptr changed? What I'm doing wrong?
    What you're doing wrong is trying to store something in the si_value field.

    You need to stash the pointer in a volatile global variable instead.
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);

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