Pause a process execution from external program

Shyam Saini mayhs11saini at
Thu Jun 13 03:52:12 EDT 2019

Hi Pintu,

> Hi All,
> I was just wondering if this is possible in the Linux world.
> My requirement is:
> For some reason, I want to halt/pause the execution (for some
> specified time) of a running process/thread (at some location),
> without modified the source, may be by firing some events/signals from
> an another external program, by specifying the address location or a
> line number.
> Is this possible ?
> May be by using some system call, or other mechanism using the process PID.
> Assume that its a debugging system with all root privileges.
> Basically, its just like how "gdb" is able to set the break-point in a
> program, and able to stop its execution exactly at that location.
> I am wondering what mechanism "gdb" uses to do this?

gdb uses ptrace system call, may you can explore ptrace?

> I tried to check here, but could find the exact place, where this is handled:

from command line we use ctrl-z to stop execution of a foreground
process but you can program
SIGTSTP signal handler in your application code to do the same.

is that you want ?

Thanks a lot,

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