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Re: Ping x2 Re: [PATCH 1/2][RFC] #17645, fix slow DSO sorting behavior in dynamic loader

I will try to check this out this week.

On 08/10/2019 03:22, Chung-Lin Tang wrote:
> Ping again.
> On 2019/9/17 5:55 PM, Chung-Lin Tang wrote:
>> Ping?
>> On 2019/7/21 1:50 AM, Chung-Lin Tang wrote:
>>> Hi, this patch is our attempt at resolving the slow shared object sorting
>>> situation in #17645, #15310, and some effort at #15311.  I realize this is
>>> pretty unsuitable timing to be submitting a patch of such nature now (probably
>>> way too late to be included into 2.30), but still sending now anyways as this
>>> will probably need quite some discussion before being approved.
>>> Prior attempts at solving this slow sorting behavior appeared to have failed
>>> due to inadequate proposed testing, therefore cannot convince reviewers to
>>> touch what seems to be perceived as a sensitive and easy to break part of
>>> Therefore the first part of this patch is not a change to the dynamic loader
>>> code proper, but a testing framework for constructing DSO sorting tests.
>>> It consists of a new Python script '' that serves to
>>> generate both testcase source files and the needed Makefile fragments from
>>> a short description string, for example:
>>>      a->b->c->d          // four objects linked one after another
>>>      a->[bc]->d;b->c     // a depends on b and c, which both depend on d,
>>>                          // b depends on c (b,c linked to object a in fixed order)
>>>      a->b->c;{+a;%a;-a}  // a, b, c serially dependent, main program uses
>>>                          // dlopen/dlsym/dlclose on object a
>>>      a->b->c;{}!->[abc]  // a, b, c serially dependent; multiple tests generated
>>>                          // to test all permutations of a, b, c ordering linked
>>>                          // to main program
>>>     (Above is just a short description of what the script can do, more
>>>      documentation is in the script comments.)
>>> and, a patch to glibc/elf/Makefile which uses this script to add a few
>>> DSO sorting testcases.  The description string notation and output form of the
>>> generated testcases is short enough that both the test descriptions
>>> and expected outcomes can all directly be specified in the Makefile.
>>> In terms of the tests I added using this script, I am not completely sure they are
>>> (together with existing tests) adequate to prove algorithmic integrity in face
>>> of any code changes, but the script should provide a solid tool to further
>>> improve on coverage.  Also welcome suggestions if the current features are still
>>> lacking in expressing some case of shared object relations, or if the documentation
>>> still feels unclear.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Chung-Lin
>>> 2019-07-20  Chung-Lin Tang  <>
>>>          [BZ #17645]
>>>          [BZ #15311]
>>>          [BZ #15310]
>>>          * elf/Makefile (test_dso_ordering): New make function.
>>>          (tst-dso-ordering[123456789]): Define new DSO sorting tests.
>>>          (tst-bz15311): Testcase from #15311.
>>>          * scripts/ New script.

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