I have a Bash script that launches a Python program. The Bash script handles SIGINT, SIGTERM and SIGHUP signals to do a cleanup operation. I noticed that when I close the process in a tab in LXTerminal, the cleanup process happens. But when I close the entire terminal window, the cleanup process closes.

What am I missing to have the cleanup process to happen?

  • Have you tried using strace?
    – Wildcard
    Commented Oct 8, 2015 at 1:32
  • 2
    OP says the script handles SIGHUP; however SIGHUP is what I see when testing this. Lacking a script to demonstrate the problem, there's nothing to test. Commented Oct 16, 2016 at 20:21
  • The process is probably "closing" because it gets a I/O error when still trying to read or write to the terminal after receiving the SIGHUP informing it that the terminal has been torn up and is no longer usable.
    – user313992
    Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 8:44
  • also see this unix.stackexchange.com/questions/491626/…
    – user313992
    Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 8:59

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Here's a script that generates a script that will try to catch all signals. The script it generates (sigcatcher.sh) outputs the name of the caught signal before exiting.


# generate a shell function for each and every available signal.

/bin/kill -l | tr ' ' '\n' |
while read signal; do
handle_$signal () {
  echo "Caught $signal"

trap 'handle_$signal' $signal

done >sigcatcher.sh

echo 'echo "$$"; sleep 600' >>sigcatcher.sh

On my system (OpenBSD), /bin/kill -l generates a list of available signals on one line, that's why the tr is there to break it up.

The generated script will look something like this:

handle_HUP () {
  echo "Caught HUP"

trap 'handle_HUP' HUP

handle_INT () {
  echo "Caught INT"

trap 'handle_INT' INT


And it will be finished off with

echo "$$"; sleep 600

It outputs its PID and sleeps for 10 minutes.

You run it like this:

$ sh ./sigcatcher.sh >sigcatcher.out

Then you close the window, and then you inspect sigcatcher.out.

I don't run X Windows, but when I kill the tmux pane that this script is running in, I get "Caught HUP" in the output file.

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