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bug#29156: 25.3; eshell/kill does not understand -<signal>, [PATCH] Make

From: Eric Skoglund
Subject: bug#29156: 25.3; eshell/kill does not understand -<signal>, [PATCH] Make eshell/kill handle -<signal> and -<SIGNALNAME>
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:43:29 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

>> From: Noam Postavsky <address@hidden>
>> Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:34:25 -0400
>> Cc: Eric Skoglund <address@hidden>, Pierre Neidhardt <address@hidden>
>> >           ((string-match "\\`-\\([[:upper:]]+\\|[[:lower:]]+\\)\\'" arg)
>> > -          (setq signum (abs (string-to-number arg)))))
>> > +          (setq signum (make-symbol (substring arg 1 (length arg))))))
>> Not sure this `make-symbol' call, should it rather be `intern'?
> Yes, I think intern is better here.
>> (Maybe we should update signal-process take a string as well a
>> symbol.)
> Possibly.
> Btw, the doc string of eshell/kill should be updated to reflect the
> fact we now support symbolic names of Unix signals.  Also, NEWS and
> the Eshell manual should be updated.

Here is an updated patch which hopefully fixes all the issues with the

>From 54bca6f5420d80abeaf9c1da5b73d50112eaab71 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Eric Skoglund <address@hidden>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:49:56 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] Make eshell/kill handle -<signal> and -<SIGNALNAME>

     * lisp/eshell/esh-proc.el (eshell/kill):
     Handle the argument parsing and numeric conversion in function
     in order to parse -signal and -SIGNALNAME correctly.
 doc/misc/eshell.texi    | 2 +-
 etc/NEWS                | 5 +++++
 lisp/eshell/esh-proc.el | 9 ++++++---
 3 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/doc/misc/eshell.texi b/doc/misc/eshell.texi
index 80077e5ccd..bda6159488 100644
--- a/doc/misc/eshell.texi
+++ b/doc/misc/eshell.texi
@@ -330,7 +330,7 @@ Built-ins
 @item kill
 @cmindex kill
 Kill processes.  Takes a PID or a process object and an optional
-signal specifier.
+signal specifier which can either be a number or a signal name.
 @item listify
 @cmindex listify
diff --git a/etc/NEWS b/etc/NEWS
index b6c4157384..bfd9a33040 100644
--- a/etc/NEWS
+++ b/etc/NEWS
@@ -273,6 +273,11 @@ To restore the old behavior, use
 *** The function 'shell-uniquify-list' has been renamed from
+*** The function eshell/kill is now able to handle signal switches.
+Previously eshell/kill would fail if provided a kill signal to send to the
+process. It now handles both numeric signals and the string version of
+the signals.
 ** Pcomplete
 *** The function 'pcomplete-uniquify-list' has been renamed from
diff --git a/lisp/eshell/esh-proc.el b/lisp/eshell/esh-proc.el
index b3bd7a7245..1fe4b324a6 100644
--- a/lisp/eshell/esh-proc.el
+++ b/lisp/eshell/esh-proc.el
@@ -167,7 +167,8 @@ eshell/jobs
 (defun eshell/kill (&rest args)
   "Kill processes.
 Usage: kill [-<signal>] <pid>|<process> ...
-Accepts PIDs and process objects."
+Accepts PIDs and process objects.  Optionally accept signals
+and signal names."
   ;; If the first argument starts with a dash, treat it as the signal
   ;; specifier.
   (let ((signum 'SIGINT))
@@ -178,12 +179,12 @@ eshell/kill
          ((string-match "\\`-[[:digit:]]+\\'" arg)
           (setq signum (abs (string-to-number arg))))
          ((string-match "\\`-\\([[:upper:]]+\\|[[:lower:]]+\\)\\'" arg)
-          (setq signum (abs (string-to-number arg)))))
+          (setq signum (intern (substring arg 1 (length arg))))))
         (setq args (cdr args))))
     (while args
       (let ((arg (if (eshell-processp (car args))
                      (process-id (car args))
-                   (car args))))
+                   (string-to-number (car args)))))
         (when arg
            ((null arg)
@@ -198,6 +199,8 @@ eshell/kill
       (setq args (cdr args))))
+(put 'eshell/kill 'eshell-no-numeric-conversions t)
 (defun eshell-read-process-name (prompt)
   "Read the name of a process from the minibuffer, using completion.
 The prompt will be set to PROMPT."

// Eric

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