Runtime should not set SIGPIPE to ignored for subprocesses
The GHC runtime ignores SIGPIPE by setting the signal to SIG_IGN. This means that any subprocesses (created via System.Process or otherwise) inwill also have their SIGPIPE handler set to SIG_IGN; I think this might be a bug. The Python runtime does the same thing, there's a good explanation of the drawbacks in: http://bugs.python.org/issue1652
IMHO the simplest fix is the patch below: simply avoid SIG_IGN, instead install a handler which does nothing. This way, an exec() restores the handler to SIG_DFL. I've included a testcase too.
Discussion link: http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/glasgow-haskell-users/2010-August/019091.html. Summarizing: Donn Cave expressed concern that installing a signal handler for SIGPIPE might not be transparent to the rest of the program, but since the runtime already uses signal handlers for SIGVTALRM, it shouldn't make matters any worse.