What is the behaviour of a double fork with a signal Handler in the Parent as below?

Hi,

I've been trying to judge the output of the following code. Over a double fork(), I have the signal handler for SIGCHLD initialized. As per my understanding, I believed that the signal SIGCHLD would be handled only once by the parent unless initialized again in the handler.

However, after executing the code handles the Signal only twice (Even if I re-initialized my signal in the handler) and inspite of having 3 childen. The above behaviour is with respect to Darwin OS on Mac. On Ubuntu Linux, the signal is handled by the code based on the timing of the sleep (commented out). Can someone please explain what is happening and How many times the signal for my function would actually be handled??
#include<stdio.h>
#include<unistd.h>
#include<sys/signal.h>
 
int status,pid,cpid;
static void signal_handler(int);
 
int main(void)
{
 pid=fork();
 if(fork()==0)
 {
//  sleep(5);
  printf("Return Status in CHILD : %d\tMy PID : %d\t My PPID : %d\n",status,getpid(),getppid());
 }
 else
 {
  signal(SIGCHLD,signal_handler);
  printf("Return Status in PARENT : %d\t My PID : %d\t My PPID : %d\n",status,getpid(),getppid());
  wait(&status);
 }
}
static void signal_handler(int signo)
{
 printf("SIGCHLD Received : %d\n",signo);
// signal(SIGCHLD,signal_handler);
}

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tamg_2009Asked:
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omarfaridConnect With a Mentor Commented:
According to the code provided, it is the parent that should handle once  (since the 2nd line is commented in the signal handler code) the signal. The child will apply the default action.
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ahoffmannConnect With a Mentor Commented:
> .. and How many times the signal for my function would actually be handled
it should be handled once as long as not re-initialized again
depending on you os you have a runtime condition if the child gets executed before the parent's signal initialization which then results in on call only
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