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SubjectRe: mmap successed but SIGBUS generated on access
Hi, Jamie!

Thanks for an answer!

>> I have bad CD-R with a some number of unreadable
files.
>>
>> Then user-space program use mmap system it returns ok
but any
>> attempt to access a memory pointed by this system
call finishes
>> with SIGBUS. So Midnight Commander internal file
viewer faults.
>
>You can get the same problem even without read errors
with some
>configurations of NFS. (root mmaps a file owned by
someone else, but
>cannot read the file due to `root_squash' on server).
>
>It's not an error, it's standard behaviour.

Well.

>> Is there any way to detect such problem in user-space
without signal
>> handlers ?
>
>I don't think there is any way without a signal
handler.
>
>It is possible to do something useful with a signal
handler sometimes.
>For example, you can mmap() a zero page into the
offending page once
>you've got the fault address, or read() a zero page if
you did
>MAP_PRIVATE (this produces fewer VMAs), set a flag, and
let the program
>continue until it checks the flag and aborts the
parsing or whatever
>operation it's doing.

So, I must read all of the mapped area and even this
does not saves me of faulting next time if somebody
change file permission. Does I understand this situation
right?

>Unfortunately I don't think the signal handler's
si_errno is set
>properly to indicate the error. So another thing to
try is read() of
>the offending page, to get a useful error code. (And
if the read
>succeeds, that's ok because you did it at the correct
address so the
>program can proceed anyway).
>
>Fwiw, unfortunately not all versions of the kernel, or
all
>architectures, set si_addr properly for SIGBUS.

It's pity. But thanks again.

--
Regards,
Andrew.

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