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Re: Signal handling tune up.

On Sat, Aug 30, 2003 at 03:22:07PM -0400, Pierre A. Humblet wrote:
>At 11:55 AM 8/29/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>>On Fri, Aug 29, 2003 at 10:19:22AM -0400, Pierre A. Humblet wrote:
>>>Christopher Faylor wrote:
>>>>I was heartened to see that zsh did not crash when I sicc'ed this
>>>>program on it -- until I tried to type something at the zsh prompt and
>>>>saw that it was hung.  The reason was that the recursive signal call
>>>>stuff was still not right.  We were restoring the return address
>>>>incorrectly.  AFAICT, we really do have to use the stored
>>>>retaddr_on_stack to rectify setup_handler's inappropriate "fixup" of
>>>>the return address.  Restoring it to 36(%%esp) wasn't right.
>>>Wow.  What was wrong?  After you noticed that one could remove
>>>movl    %%esp,%%ebp
>>>addl    $36,%%ebp
>>>before the call to set_process_mask, I though eveything made perfect
>>>sense.  After returning from the (user) signal handler and pulling off
>>>the argument, both the esp and ebp should be exactly as before the
>>>call.  It that's not true, the whole stack model of programming breaks
>>The code that was there put the return address of the nested call onto the
>>stack for the return of the initial signal handler.  I just changed it
>>to mimic what call_signal_handler_now does.
>FWIW, I have identified the error in my reasoning.
>I was assuming the return address from the initial handler to be 
>"interruptible" (makes sense, otherwise the handler shouldn't have started
>When it is, retaddr_on_stack is identical to esp + 36 and the code was
>However there is one case where it is not: when the handler is called
>by sigframe::call_signal_handler from sig_dispatch_pending.

retaddr_on_stack is not always going to be identical to esp + 36 no
matter where it comes from.  I modified my test program to tickle the
previous problem.  I've included it below.  You can short circuit the
sig_dispatch_pending functioni and it will still report different
retaddr_on_stack values -- as it should.  kill is getting called from
different stack depths.

I didn't notice this before since the SIGHUP signal is masked in
'ouch()' function so a call to ouch() wouldn't be made until the mask
was removed.  Changing the code to call another, unmasked signal, whose
handler is dispatched immediately, shows (in the debugger) that
retaddr_on_stack is different.


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