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What about adding support for sigcontext

Dear cygwin list --

For some time I've thought about the possibility of adding support for
sigcontext to cygwin -- it would allow (among other things) porting of the
JikesRVM open source Java VM to cygwin, thus making it available to Windows

sigcontext presents more or less complete non-privileged machine state to
signal handlers on demand, and if properly done, allows the handler to change
that state and resume with the changed state. (Caveat utilor, of course, but
in JikesRVM they use it to "fake" calls to exception throwing routines when
certain signals happen; this requires adjusting the PC and some of the

"Interesting" difficulties here include the fact that various x86 family
processors have different state.  However, an initially useful implementation
may not need to present all of the state or support changing all of it.

Does anyone feel a degree of ownership or responsibility for the signals and
signal handling part of cygwin?  I'm not asking someone else to take on the
task, but am considering it myself, and want to coordinate, and obtain
guidance and education about modifying cygwin generally so as to contribute
back, and about this part of the system in particular.

As Corinna has pointed out to me, this would NOT be headed for 1.7.1. In fact,
I have no idea when I would have time to work on it. I am at the stage of
trying to figure out how hard and how large a task it is :-) ...

So, please respond if you can help me figure that out or if you have a
particular opinion about this ...

Regards -- Eliot Moss
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