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Subject[PATCH] Re: Runaway cron task on 2.5.63/4 bk?
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On Sun, 2003-03-09 at 03:17, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Andrew Morton <akpm@digeo.com> wrote:
> >
> > errr, OK. This returns -EINVAL:
> >
> > #include <time.h>
> >
> > main()
> > {
> > struct timespec req;
> > struct timespec rem;
> > int ret;
> >
> > req.tv_sec = 5000000;
> > req.tv_nsec = 0;
> >
> > ret = nanosleep(&req, &rem);
> > if (ret)
> > perror("nanosleep");
> > }
> >
>
> OK, I give up.
>
> /*
> * This is a considered response, not exactly in
> * line with the standard (in fact it is silent on
> * possible overflows). We assume such a large
> * value is ALMOST always a programming error and
> * try not to compound it by setting a really dumb
> * value.
> */
> return -EINVAL;
>
> George, RH7.3 and RH8.0 cron daemons are triggering this (trying to sleep
> for 4,500,000 seconds) and it causes them to go into a busy loop.
>
> I think we need to just sleep for as long as we can and return an
> appropriate partial result.

Cron really isn't at fault, I saw sleep(52) return 4500000, which it
just passed into another sleep call.
The problem is a bug in do_clock_nanosleep. If it gets interrupted by a
signal, when it calculates the amount of time left, it doesn't check if
jiffies has advanced past the expire time, and can pass a negative value
to jiffies_to_timespec, which results in values around 4,500,000
((unsigned int)-1)/HZ, which ends up as sleep's return value. The
following trivial patch appears to have fixed the problem on my system.
Hopefully this isn't wrapped.


--- 2.5-merge/kernel/posix-timers.c Sun Mar 9 08:49:11 2003
+++ 2.5-snapshot/kernel/posix-timers.c Sun Mar 9 08:49:11 2003
@@ -1282,6 +1282,9 @@
if (abs)
return -ERESTARTNOHAND;

+ if (time_after_eq(jiffies_f, new_timer.expires))
+ return 0;
+
jiffies_to_timespec(new_timer.expires - jiffies_f, tsave);

while (tsave->tv_nsec < 0) {


--
Todd Mokros <tmokros@neo.rr.com>
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