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SubjectRe: [PATCH] proc: readdir race fix (take 3)
On Thursday 7 September 2006 00:43, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Have you tested 2.6.18-rc6 without my patch?

Yes I did, it didn't crash after a couple hours. Of course it doesn't
prove anything as the crash appears to be the result of a race.

I'll now apply Oleg's fix and see if things get better.

> I guess the practical question is what was your test methodology to
> reproduce this problem? A couple of more people running the same
> test on a few more machines might at least give us confidence in what
> is going on.

"My" test program forks 1000 children who sleep for 1 second then look for
themselves in /proc, warn if they can't find themselves, and exit. So
basically the idea is that the process list will shrink very rapidly at
the same moment every child does readdir(/proc).

I attached the test program, I take no credit (nor shame) for it, it was
provided to me by IBM (possibly on behalf of one of their own customers)
as a way to demonstrate and reproduce the original readdir(/proc) race

Jean Delvare
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <dirent.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <sys/wait.h>
#include <sys/param.h>
#include <utmp.h>
#include <pwd.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <signal.h>
#include <syslog.h>
#include <errno.h>
#include <stdarg.h>
#include <ctype.h>

#define NUM_CHILDREN 1000

int i;
DIR * dir = NULL;
struct dirent *d;
int pid;
int mypid;

mypid = getpid();

if ((dir = opendir("/proc")) == (DIR *)0)
perror("failed to open /proc\n");

while((d = readdir(dir)) != (struct dirent *)0) {
if ((pid = (pid_t)atoi(d->d_name)) == 0) continue;
if (pid==mypid) return(1);
printf("\nfailed to find myself: pid %d, iteration %d\n",mypid,i);

int i;
int pid;

switch ((pid = fork())) {
case 0: /* child */
case -1: /* error */
perror("failed to fork\n");
default: /* parent */


int i;
(void)signal(SIGCHLD, SIG_IGN);

for (i=0; i<NUM_CHILDREN; i++)

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