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Re: Changes from 5.2.1 to 5.3 (theads / signal handling)

Julian Elischer wrote:

Jose Marcio Martins da Cruz wrote:

Julian Elischer wrote:

Jose Marcio Martins da Cruz wrote:

a new threading library.


Here are my compile flags :

CPPFLAGS : only some -I and -D flags
CFLAGS   : -D_THREAD_SAFE -pthread
LDFLAGS  : -lmilter -lkvm -lm -lpthread

have you tried 6.0?

Yes. It presents the same behaviour. Either way, I've found it with 6.0, and tried back with previous versions till find when the change took place.

also, does the child do an exec() after forking?

No. The child gets out the father loop and calls another initialisation function.

The Posix spec says that after a fork(0 teh child must do almost nothing before calling exec() and that AT A MAXIMUM it should only call async-safe functions. (i.e. functions that can be called from
within signal handlers).

There is all sorts of state being kept for the "now non existant" threads in that address space.

For example, some of them will still exist if they were stopped in user space at the time, but some of them will not (if tehy were in the kenrel at teh time). In addition, the process will now be marked "non threaded" in the kernel, as it now only has one kernel thread (as specified by posix) so an attempt to schedule another thread from user space will lead to unknown behaviour. The child will most likely run for a bit and then freeze up or die in some mysterious way. ( sound familiar?).

I might add that you can also try libthr instead of libpthread. They are compatible but use different
methods to achieve their results. and thus have different failure modes.
However relying on such thing sis not wise.
I think the Linux thread people tried very hard to allow people to do as much as possible after the fork, however there are limitations there too. You shouldn't keep running "forever" in this way after a fork.
How often does this forking occur?
would an exec (argv[0]....., "aschild",); be a practical thing? Does the parent have to have become
threaded before forking the children?  This is a posix restriction.

As It seemed to me that all father's threads are stopped in the forked process, this seemed to me not be a problem. Am I right ?

no. Nothing has told the user half of the threading system about this.

The signal handler thread is launched by the following sequence of instructions.


  sigaddset(&set, SIGHUP);
  sigaddset(&set, SIGTERM);
  sigaddset(&set, SIGINT);
  sigaddset(&set, SIGUSR1);
  sigaddset(&set, SIGUSR2);

  if ((r = pthread_sigmask(SIG_BLOCK, &set, NULL)) != 0)
    errno = r;
    LOG_SYS_ERROR("Couldn't mask signals");

if ((r = pthread_create(&tid, NULL, filter_signal_handler, NULL)) != 0)
    LOG_SYS_ERROR("Error launching filter_signal_handler");

Thanks for your help.


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