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    Subject[PATCH v2] fifo: Do not restart open() if it already found a partner
    If a parent and child process open the two ends of a fifo, and the
    child immediately exits, the parent may receive a SIGCHLD before its
    open() returns. In that case, we need to make sure that open() will
    return successfully after the SIGCHLD handler returns, instead of
    throwing EINTR or being restarted. Otherwise, the restarted open()
    would incorrectly wait for a second partner on the other end.

    The following test demonstrates the EINTR that was wrongly thrown from
    the parent’s open(). Change .sa_flags = 0 to .sa_flags = SA_RESTART
    to see a deadlock instead, in which the restarted open() waits for a
    second reader that will never come. (On my systems, this happens
    pretty reliably within about 5 to 500 iterations. Others report that
    it manages to loop ~forever sometimes; YMMV.)

    #include <sys/stat.h>
    #include <sys/types.h>
    #include <sys/wait.h>
    #include <fcntl.h>
    #include <signal.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <unistd.h>

    #define CHECK(x) do if ((x) == -1) {perror(#x); abort();} while(0)

    void handler(int signum) {}

    int main()
    struct sigaction act = {.sa_handler = handler, .sa_flags = 0};
    CHECK(sigaction(SIGCHLD, &act, NULL));
    CHECK(mknod("fifo", S_IFIFO | S_IRWXU, 0));
    for (;;) {
    int fd;
    pid_t pid;
    putc('.', stderr);
    CHECK(pid = fork());
    if (pid == 0) {
    CHECK(fd = open("fifo", O_RDONLY));
    CHECK(fd = open("fifo", O_WRONLY));
    CHECK(waitpid(pid, NULL, 0));

    This is what I suspect was causing the Git test suite to fail in

    Signed-off-by: Anders Kaseorg <>
    Changes from v1:
    • Change wait_for_partner return from true/false to 0/-ERESTARTSYS.
    • Mention that the demo program doesn’t always work for some.
    • Remove some unneeded braces from the demo program’s CHECK() macro.

    fs/fifo.c | 9 ++++-----
    1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

    diff --git a/fs/fifo.c b/fs/fifo.c
    index b1a524d..cf6f434 100644
    --- a/fs/fifo.c
    +++ b/fs/fifo.c
    @@ -14,7 +14,7 @@
    #include <linux/sched.h>
    #include <linux/pipe_fs_i.h>

    -static void wait_for_partner(struct inode* inode, unsigned int *cnt)
    +static int wait_for_partner(struct inode* inode, unsigned int *cnt)
    int cur = *cnt;

    @@ -23,6 +23,7 @@ static void wait_for_partner(struct inode* inode, unsigned int *cnt)
    if (signal_pending(current))
    + return cur == *cnt ? -ERESTARTSYS : 0;

    static void wake_up_partner(struct inode* inode)
    @@ -67,8 +68,7 @@ static int fifo_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *filp)
    * seen a writer */
    filp->f_version = pipe->w_counter;
    } else {
    - wait_for_partner(inode, &pipe->w_counter);
    - if(signal_pending(current))
    + if (wait_for_partner(inode, &pipe->w_counter))
    goto err_rd;
    @@ -90,8 +90,7 @@ static int fifo_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *filp)

    if (!pipe->readers) {
    - wait_for_partner(inode, &pipe->r_counter);
    - if (signal_pending(current))
    + if (wait_for_partner(inode, &pipe->r_counter))
    goto err_wr;
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