cygwin 3.3.x: another problem that may be related to pipes

Takashi Yano takashi.yano@nifty.ne.jp
Mon Nov 15 15:11:37 GMT 2021


On Mon, 15 Nov 2021 23:36:01 +0900
Takashi Yano wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Nov 2021 08:57:43 -0500
> Ken Brown wrote:
> > On 11/15/2021 8:01 AM, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > > [Redirected to cygwin-developers]
> > > 
> > > On Nov 15 17:18, Takashi Yano via Cygwin wrote:
> > >> raw_read()/raw_write() in fhandler_pipe.cc seems to need handling
> > >> of STATUS_PENDING in nonblocking mode.
> > >>
> > >> I also confirmed the following patch fixes the issue. However, I
> > >> am not very sure that this is the right thing.
> > >>
> > >> Corinna, Ken, what do you think?
> > > 
> > > I'm puzzled.  non-blocking pipes return STATUS_PENDING?  What on earth
> > > is that supposed to mean on non-blocking (as opposed to asynchronous)
> > > pipes?  The problem is that STATUS_PENDING theoretically requires
> > > to wait for... something, the pipe handle, perhaps, and then to check
> > > io.Status.
> > 
> > I noticed last week when I was debugging the XEmacs problem that NtReadFile 
> > occasionally returned STATUS_PENDING.  I commented on it here:
> > 
> >    https://cygwin.com/pipermail/cygwin/2021-November/249827.html
> > 
> > But I promptly forgot about it when that turned out not to be the problem for 
> > that bug.  My thought at the time was that we needed something like this:
> > 
> > diff --git a/winsup/cygwin/fhandler_pipe.cc b/winsup/cygwin/fhandler_pipe.cc
> > index 9392a28c1..aaf09829d 100644
> > --- a/winsup/cygwin/fhandler_pipe.cc
> > +++ b/winsup/cygwin/fhandler_pipe.cc
> > @@ -336,9 +336,10 @@ fhandler_pipe::raw_read (void *ptr, size_t& len)
> >          break;
> >         status = NtReadFile (get_handle (), evt, NULL, NULL, &io, ptr,
> >                             len1, NULL, NULL);
> > -      if (evt && status == STATUS_PENDING)
> > +      if (status == STATUS_PENDING)
> >          {
> > -         waitret = cygwait (evt, INFINITE, cw_cancel | cw_sig);
> > +         /* Very short-lived in the non-blocking case. */
> > +         waitret = cygwait (evt ?: get_handle (), INFINITE, cw_cancel | cw_sig);
> >            /* If io.Status is STATUS_CANCELLED after CancelIo, IO has actually
> >               been cancelled and io.Information contains the number of bytes
> >               processed so far.
> > 
> > Takashi, does that fix the problem?
> 
> IIUC, WaitForMultipleObject() cannot wait for pipe object.
> Only the following objects are allowed to be waited.
> 
> Change notification
> Console input
> Event
> Memory resource notification
> Mutex
> Process
> Semaphore
> Thread
> Waitable timer
> 
> Note that the problem reported is not in raw_read(), but in raw_write().
> 
> If you mean applying above patch for raw_write(), it proberbly fixes the
> issue as well.
> 
> This is because ...
> 
> If you pass the pipe handle to WFMO, it imediately returns WAIT_OBJECT_0,
> so your patch will work almost same with my patch.

I might be wrong. Your code certainly waits for something happening.
I am not sure why it works...

-- 
Takashi Yano <takashi.yano@nifty.ne.jp>


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