Pause a process execution from external program

Pintu Agarwal at
Thu Jun 13 10:53:11 EDT 2019

On Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 1:22 PM Shyam Saini <mayhs11saini at> wrote:
> 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?
oh thank you so much.
Yes, ptrace is going to be very helpful. I will explore more on this
and come back if required.

> > 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 ?
This required source code modification in the target program, so I
don't want this.

> Thanks a lot,
> Shyam

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