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Bug #38342 mail() always returns FALSE with --enable-sigchild
Submitted: 2006-08-05 10:19 UTC Modified: 2006-08-05 14:59 UTC
From: geoffwa at cs dot rmit dot edu dot au Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Mail related
PHP Version: 5.2.0RC1 OS: Solaris 10
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2006-08-05 10:19 UTC] geoffwa at cs dot rmit dot edu dot au
PHP's sigchild handler clobbers returns from the mail() function. This is similar to bug #8992/#28294.

Compiling PHP without --enable-sigchild makes mail() work as expected.

And as a side note, what is the point of the sigchild handler? Surely it's better to signal(SIGCHLD, SIG_IGN) if you don't care about the return status of your children? Is it still needed if you're compiling --with-oci8 for recent versions of the OCI libraries?


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 [2006-08-05 14:59 UTC]
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a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
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When sigchild handler is enabled it is no longer possible to 
accurately gauge the return code of an external command. 
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