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

On 12-04-2016 15:06, Szabolcs Nagy wrote:
> 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.

I think the problem is glibc's vfork only changes the TCB's pid fields
while fork changes both pid and tid in case on CLONE_VM.  Now I am trying
to found out why exactly this difference handling of internal fields...

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