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SubjectRe: Aw: Re: [RFC PATCH urcu on mips, parisc] Fix: compat_futex should work-around futex signal-restart kernel bug
----- On Dec 19, 2015, at 5:37 AM, Helge Deller wrote:

> Hi Mathieu,
> On 18.12.2015 21:42, Helge Deller wrote:
>> On 18.12.2015 20:58, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
>>>>>> When testing liburcu on a 3.18 Linux kernel, 2-core MIPS (cpu model :
>>>>>> Ingenic JZRISC V4.15 FPU V0.0), we notice that a blocked sys_futex
>>>>>> FUTEX_WAIT returns -1, errno=ENOSYS when interrupted by a SA_RESTART
>>>>>> signal handler. This spurious ENOSYS behavior causes hangs in liburcu
>>>>>> 0.9.x. Running a MIPS 3.18 kernel under a QEMU emulator exhibits the
>>>>>> same behavior. This might affect earlier kernels.
>>>>>> This issue appears to be fixed in 3.18.y stable kernels and 3.19, but
>>>>>> nevertheless, we should try to handle this kernel bug more gracefully
>>>>>> than a user-space hang due to unexpected spurious ENOSYS return value.
>>>>> It's actually fixed in 3.19, but not in 3.18.y stable kernels. The
>>>>> Linux kernel upstream fix commit is:
>>>>> e967ef02 "MIPS: Fix restart of indirect syscalls"
>>> Looks like parisc has an issue very similar to the one that
>>> has been fixed on MIPS by e967ef02 "MIPS: Fix restart of indirect syscalls".
> Yes, parisc is affected the same way.
> I've posted a patch to the parisc mailing list which fixes this issue for
> parisc and which I plan to push into stable kernels:
> Regarding your patch for liburcu:
>>>>>> Therefore, fallback on the "async-safe" version of compat_futex in those
>>>>>> situations where FUTEX_WAIT returns ENOSYS. This async-safe fallback has
>>>>>> the nice property of being OK to use concurrently with other FUTEX_WAKE
>>>>>> and FUTEX_WAIT futex() calls, because it's simply a busy-wait scheme.
> I've tested your patch. It does not produce any regressions on parisc, but I
> can't
> say for sure if it really works. ENOSYS is returned randomly, so maybe I didn't
> faced a situation where your patch actually was used.

If you ran make check and make regtest, and nothing
fails/hangs, you should be OK. liburcu runs very heavy
stress-tests which makes it likely to hit race conditions



> Helge

Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.

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