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SubjectRe: orphan process is causing deadlock in __kernel_vsyscall ()
> Hello All,
> I am debugging a problem which I do not know how to solve. I know what
> is happening, but cannot find solution to it. If anyone has any
> suggestions or solution that would be really grateful and I appreciate
> it.
> Here is the description.
> I have a thread which spawns a child process using fork() and in child
> context it execv to shell and parent thread waits on waitpid(). This
> child process is nothing but a shell /bin/sh, so that from program I
> can create shell and run some commands.
> In this shell instance, I run tshark for capturing network traffic. I
> have really high traffic going, so system is really busy. All is good
> so far, but when I send SIGKILL to child process (shell) from another
> thread from same application,
> child process (shell) gets terminated and tshark is assigned to
> init(1) process as orphan. The parent thread which spawned the child
> process unblocks from waitpid() after cleaning child instance and
> continues it execution.
> Here is the problem:
> Once the parent thread resumes from waitpid(), it hits fprintf to
> print message "exiting from shell" to console. In here the main thread
> gets blocked in __kernel_vsyscall () entered from fprintf. Following
> is my stack trace from gdb.
> But after some more debugging and found that, if I kill from another
> shell "tshark" process which is assigned to init(1) as child, the
> parent thread unblocks from __kernel_vsyscall ().
> Can anyone tell what is going on, is this related to futex spinning
> problem where lock is been held by tshark. How would I approach this
> problem?
> Or is there a way to kill all child process of a process without
> making them orphan. Because when a child process is running at the
> time parent is exiting, that child process is assigned to init(1) as
> orphan process.
> Can this behavior be modified. Please let me know any suggestions and
> thoughts. Thanks in advance.
> --
> Regards,
> Sri.
> (gdb) backtrace
> #0 0xffffe424 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
> #1 0xb7e6396b in write () from /lib/
> #2 0xb7e0c2ef in _IO_new_file_write () from /lib/
> #3 0xb7e0bf93 in new_do_write () from /lib/
> #4 0xb7e0c296 in _IO_new_do_write () from /lib/
> #5 0xb7e0ce20 in _IO_new_file_overflow () from /lib/
> #6 0xb7e0c0cd in _IO_new_file_xsputn () from /lib/
> #7 0xb7de3634 in vfprintf () from /lib/
> #8 0x09ad62a2 in acme_fprintf (stream=0xb7ee2560,
> format=0x9f17694 "shell exited. returning to acli\n")
> at /home/svemulpali/cc/svemulpali_SCOTTY_main/linux/private/common/src/coutOverride.cpp:42
> #9 0x094a9345 in vxShellCmdStartWait (syscmd=0x0)
> at /home/svemulpali/cc/svemulpali_SCOTTY_main/linux/private/lib/stub/vxShellLib.cpp:210


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