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Re: [PATCH 3/3] posix: New Linux posix_spawn{p} implementation

On 29/02/16 18:33, Adhemerval Zanella wrote:
> This patch implements a new posix_spawn{p} implementation for Linux.  The main
> difference is it uses the clone syscall directly with CLONE_VM and CLONE_VFORK
> flags and a direct allocated stack.  The new stack and start function solves
> most the vfork limitation (possible parent clobber due stack spilling).  The
> remaning issue are related to signal handling:
>   1. That no signal handlers must run in child context, to avoid corrupt
>      parent's state.
>   2. Child must synchronize with parent to enforce stack deallocation and
>      to possible return execv issues.
> The first one is solved by blocking all signals in child, even NPTL-internal
> ones (SIGCANCEL and SIGSETXID).  The second issue is done by a stack allocation
> in parent and a synchronization with using a pipe or waitpid (in case or error).
> The pipe has the advantage of allowing the child signal an exec error (checked
> with new tst-spawn2 test).
> There is an inherent race condition in pipe2 usage for architectures that do not
> support the syscall directly.  In such cases the a pipe plus fctnl is used
> instead and it may lead to file descriptor leak in parent (as decribed by fcntl
> documentation).
> The child process stack is allocate with a mmap with MAP_STACK flag using
> default architecture stack size.  Although it is slower than use a stack buffer
> from parent, it allows some slack for the compatibility code to run scripts
> with no shebang (which may use a buffer with size depending of argument list
> count).
> Performance should be similar to the vfork default posix implementation and
> way faster than fork path (vfork on mostly linux ports are basically
> clone with CLONE_VM plus CLONE_VFORK).  The only difference is the syscalls
> required for the stack allocation/deallocation.
> It fixes BZ#10354, BZ#14750, and BZ#18433.
> Tested on i386, x86_64, powerpc64le, and aarch64.

on aarch64 this caused

FAIL: nptl/tst-exec1

with error msg "join in thread in parent returned!?"

i think the cause is that glibc clone sets
tcb.tid = = -1 if CLONE_VM|CLONE_VFORK
is used, which means the vfork child clobbers
the parent tcb.tid. (and pthread_join tests
tcb.tid and thus fails in tst-exec1.)
i believe all targets are affected.

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