Re: Linux-1.3.81

Malcolm Beattie (
Mon, 1 Apr 1996 11:10:08 +0100 (BST)

Ben Wing writes:
> XEmacs calls setitimer() on its
> own, and any calls to alarm() (except when specially bracketed inside
> of XEmacs) mess things up because Linux (and other Unixen) has the
> extremely annoying behavior of only providing one alarm timeout per
> process.

POSIX.1b has timer_create(3) and friends which guarantee you at least
32 independent timers per process. I don't know if that part of .1b
has made it into Linux yet, though.


Malcolm Beattie <>
Unix Systems Programmer
Oxford University Computing Services