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    SubjectRandom process lockup on ARM board: alsa-lib-1.0.25, FUTEX_WAIT_PRIVATE
    Using kernel 3.2.5 with alsa-lib 1.0.25, all compiled with generic
    Debian arm-linux-gnueabi toolchain.

    arm-linux-gnueabi-gcc (Debian 4.3.2-1.1) 4.3.2
    Was used to build kernel, alsa-lib and application.

    Changing gcc version, kernel version or alsa-lib version makes the
    problem worse or better, but ALL versions seem to suffer this problem. I
    have also seen it once on Intel (but only once so far).

    Something seeks broken at a lower layer than im using. I simply don't
    have the skill to debug it.

    The hardware is a USB cm109 audio adapter, but the problem seems to show
    on more than this one driver.

    The audio application writing to alsa will freezes at random intervals,
    infrequent at the moment, last one was after runtime 20H 37M 29S. Two
    processes are running, one reading from the sound device and one writing
    to the sound device. I am not using threading or anything very clever
    just generic alsa functions.

    This is the only diagnostic I can generate so far as running the
    application under strace slows it to the point it no longer functions
    enough to generate the problem.

    ARM / # strace -p 417
    Process 417 attached - interrupt to quit
    futex(0x175734, FUTEX_WAIT_PRIVATE, 2, NULL^C <unfinished ...>
    Process 417 detached

    ARM / # uname -a
    Linux (none) 3.2.5 #2 Wed Feb 22 17:11:52 GMT 2012 armv4tl GNU/Linux
    ARM / # uptime
    22:36:19 up 22:36, 0 users, load average: 0.15, 0.16, 0.18
    ARM / # cat /proc/cpuinfo
    Processor : ARM920T rev 0 (v4l)
    BogoMIPS : 199.06
    Features : swp half thumb crunch
    CPU implementer : 0x41
    CPU architecture: 4T
    CPU variant : 0x1
    CPU part : 0x920
    CPU revision : 0

    Any help welcome.


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