[Xenomai] occasional EBADF in select() in notifier.c

Gilles Chanteperdrix gilles.chanteperdrix at xenomai.org
Mon Apr 21 23:32:22 CEST 2014

On 04/21/2014 11:24 PM, Matthias Schneider wrote:
> Still working on thread suspension in forge/mercury, I occasionally get a EBADF
> of the select() call in notifier.c. I suspect that this is due to accessing a 
> copy of the file descriptor list notifier_rset while one of the file descriptors 
> is being closed. This seems to be due to concurrent access on the notifier_rset 
> from notifier_sighandler() and notifier_destroy(). "notifier_lock" is held in 
> notifier_lock(), but not when copying and invoking select in notifier_sighandler().
> The EBADF leads to a "spurious notification" reporting and process termination -
>  obviously, the thread suspension was not triggered.
> I can think of several ways of addressing this issue but I am not sure about 
> side effects:
> a) hold the "notifier_lock" mutex between copying the descriptor list and calling select
> b) repeating the select() call in the case of EBADF
> Any ideas?
> Anyway, why is the select call necessary, isnt the file descriptor signaled via 
> siginfo->si_fd, too?

I do not know this part of the code, but normally, when select is called
for a closed descriptor, select will return with the descriptor
readable, EOF is returned when reading the descriptor, which can then be
closed. We had a bug report some time ago to implement this behaviour in
xenomai posix skin (so for cobalt).


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