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In the Linux environment, how can I send a kill signal to a process, while making sure that the exit code returned from that process is 0? Would I have to do some fancy GDB magic for this, or is there a fancy kill signal I'm unaware of?

Test case:

cat; echo $?

killall cat

Trying various kill signals only offers different return signals, such as 129, 137, and 143. My goal is to kill a process which a script runs, but make the script think it was successful.

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No. When the shell catches SIGCHLD it unconditionally sets the return value appropriately to a non-zero value, so this would require modification of either the script or of the shell.

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You can attach to the process using GDB and the process ID and then issue the call command with exit(0) as an argument.

call allows you to call functions within the running program. Calling exit(0) exits with a return code of 0.

gdb -p <process name>
.... Gdb output clipped
(gdb) call exit(0)

Program exited normally.

As a one-line tool:

gdb --batch --eval-command 'call exit(0)' --pid <process id>
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This won't work if the program doesn't use (g)libc, for example a program written in assembly: No symbol table is loaded. Use the "file" command. Though this is highly unlikely. –  Cristian Ciupitu Jul 24 at 15:24
Worked on a ruby script :-D –  Mikhail Nov 19 at 19:08

A bit hacky way, but..

You can create a wrapper to your process, overriding SIGCHLD Handler. For example:

set -o monitor
trap 'exit(0)' CHLD

After that you can make your script running this wrapper instead of your process by putting it earlier in $PATH and renaming to the same name.

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I m not sure but this will exit with a 0 if any of the listed signals are received. You could perform other actions including calling a function, etc.

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