[Xenomai] mode switch caused by __lll_lock_wait_private()

Henning Schild henning.schild at siemens.com
Mon Dec 11 15:21:55 CET 2017

Am Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:14:16 +0000
schrieb Andreas Glatz <andi.glatz at gmail.com>:

> Hi
> We're testing our application now by running it continuously over
> weeks. I randomly reports the following mode switches in the log:
> <SIGXCPU: MSW(invoked syscall) BT(4): 0x2ade5bc8 0x2af95840
> 0x2b03a420 0x93980 >
> With the process memory map from /proc/<pid>/maps:
> ...
> 2af68000-2b084000 r-xp 00000000 00:0d 22235 /lib/libc-2.14.1.so
> ...
> and output from <cross-arm>-objdump -d /lib/libc-2.14.1.so
> I could figure out that 0x2b03a420 corresponds to glibc's
> __lll_lock_wait_private() function, which seems to cause SIGXCPU.

I guess translating the other 3 ips to symbols would be helpfull as
well ;).

> Before digging any deeper did anyone else see Xenomai mode switches
> caused by this glibc function (google says that it's e.g. used for
> managing concurrent access to rand())?

There are probably a lot of glibc functions that you should not call.
With SIGXCPU and a backtrace such pits are easy to find and not fall
in. That said, i am afraid it will be hard to maintain a list of such
functions. Because people that find the problem will avoid the
function and maybe not report their finding. And whether or not a
function is affected depends on the library
implementation/version/configuration. But in general there is a
mechanism to mark evil functions that just modeswitch every one in a
One example from libstdc++ are the static constructor functions


> Cheers,
> A.
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