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Re: ctrl-c doesn't reliably kill ping


Thank you for the thoughtful observations, responses, and suggestions, which I will summarize:

- Suggestion #1: Try different DNS settings not using Verizon.
- Suggestion #2: Try different Verizon configuration.
- Suggestion #3: Try Windows version of ping.
- Observation #4: This shouldn't work unless I am administrator (FYI: I've configured the cygwin terminal to run as administrator). - Question #5: Am I running the windows ping? Answer: Nope, I did "type ping", which returned "/usr/bin/ping".

Regarding Verizon, and possibly different settings, my point was not to identify flaws in Verizon, I just wanted to give you background on the problem - and I believe people understand its nature. I am well aware of well-known DNS servers, such as and -- I am Old School, so I still occasionally use the UUNET DNS caches 198.6.1.? to test stuff. :-)

Regarding incompatible ISPs, I believe the program should be robust enough to succeed, robust enough to fail, but it shouldn't hang and become non-interruptable.

So from a POSIX compatibility and operating system kernel perspective, I am surprised that it is possible to write an application program that gets into an non-interruptable state. In traditional UNIX kernels, it was possible to get stuck in a *hard* wait (like local hard drive access), but I don't understand how this is possible with ping or any other network application.

Perhaps I don't understand the cygwin signal mechanism and someone can point me in the right direction for ping. Perhaps someone can explain how ping can get into this state.

Anyway, as we'd say in standardizing the C programming language, this behavior is a "surprise" ... and we should look to eliminate "surprises".

Again, thank you in advance for your help.


Frank Farance, Farance Inc.    T: +1 212 486 4700   M: +1 917 751 2900
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