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SubjectRe: pthreads & fork & execve
Hi.

On Mon, Apr 02, 2001 at 09:54:25AM -0300, Gustavo Niemeyer wrote:
> Hi Richard! Hi Dennis!
>
> > I tracked this down to a corrupt jumptable somewhere in the pthreads
> > part of the libc (didnt have the source handy at that time, though). So
> > I think this is a libc bug (version does not matter) - I even did a
> > followup to a similar bug in the libc gnats database (I think I should
> > have opened a new one, though...). But I failed to construct a "simple"
> > testcase showing the bug (We use rather large amount of threads and
> > in one or two doing popen() calls - or handcrafted fork() && execv(),
> > the SIGSEGV is during fork()).
>
> We're going trough two similar problems here. One is KDE, and the other
> is Linuxconf. Linuxconf is core dumping on a module when it is linked
> with pthread and dlopen()'ed with RTLD_GLOBAL. We must reduce one of
> them to a testcase.
>
> Btw, both are mainly C++ programs. Is your software written in C++?
>
> > I stopped trying to find out what is going on as this feature is not
> > essential (but maybe useful in the future). So I suggest you build a
> > libc from source with debugging on and trace it down to the actual
> > libc problem - or better try to isolate a simple testcase.

People making Apache 1.3.X modules have a problem too. They have to
rebuilt Apache and add -lpthread if any modules uses threads.

The following small program illustrates this. The program, main-wot,
crashes - the other, main-wt, doesn't.

[snip] sub.c:
int sub(void) { return 1; }
[snip] main.c:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <dlfcn.h>

int main(int argc, char **argv)
{
void *h = dlopen ("./sub.so", RTLD_NOW|RTLD_GLOBAL);
if (!h)
{
printf ("dlopen failed\n");
exit (1);
}
gethostbyname("slashdot.org");
dlclose (h);
exit (0);
}
[snip] Makefile
all: sub.so main-wt main-wot

sub.so: sub.c
gcc -D_REENTRANT -shared sub.c -o sub.so -lpthread
main-wt: main.c
gcc main.c -o main-wt -ldl -lpthread
main-wot: main.c
gcc main.c -o main-wot -ldl
[end]

Cheers,
Adam

> We'll probably do this here...
>
> > I like to hear from the results :)
>
> Please, let me know as well! :-)
>
> Thanks!!
>
> --
> Gustavo Niemeyer
>
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