Description:Enable restrictions on use of signal().
Syntax:WSGIRestrictSignal On|Off
Default:WSGIRestrictSignal On
Context:server config

A well behaved Python WSGI application should not in general register any signal handlers of its own using signal.signal(). The reason for this is that the web server which is hosting a WSGI application will more than likely register signal handlers of its own. If a WSGI application were to override such signal handlers it could interfere with the operation of the web server, preventing actions such as server shutdown and restart.

In the interests of promoting portability of WSGI applications, mod_wsgi restricts use of signal.signal() and will ensure that any attempts to register signal handlers are ignored. A warning notice will be output to the Apache error log indicating that this action has been taken.

If for some reason there is a need for a WSGI application to register some special signal handler this behaviour can be turned off, however an application should avoid the signals SIGTERM, SIGINT, SIGHUP, SIGWINCH and SIGUSR1 as these are all used by Apache.

Apache will ensure that the signal SIGPIPE is set to SIG_IGN. If a WSGI application needs to override this, it must ensure that it is reset to SIG_IGN before any Apache code is run. In a multi threaded MPM this would be practically impossible to ensure so it is preferable that the handler for SIG_PIPE also not be changed.

Apache does not use SIGALRM, but it is generally preferable that other techniques be used to achieve the same affect.

Do note that if enabling the ability to register signal handlers, such a registration can only reliably be done from within code which is implemented as a side effect of importing a script file identified by the WSGIImportScript directive. This is because signal handlers can only be registered from the main Python interpreter thread, and request handlers when using embedded mode and a multithreaded Apache MPM would generally execute from secondary threads. Similarly, when using daemon mode, request handlers would executed from secondary threads. Only code run as a side effect of WSGIImportScript is guaranteed to be executed in main Python interpreter thread.