[Intel-gfx] [PATCH igt] core/sighelper: Interrupt everyone in the process group

Chris Wilson chris at chris-wilson.co.uk
Mon Jan 11 04:34:35 PST 2016

On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 12:25:07PM +0000, Dave Gordon wrote:
> On 11/01/16 09:06, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> >On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 08:54:59AM +0000, Chris Wilson wrote:
> >>On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 08:57:33AM +0100, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> >>>On Fri, Jan 08, 2016 at 08:44:29AM +0000, Chris Wilson wrote:
> >>>>Some stress tests create both the signal helper and a lot of competing
> >>>>processes. In these tests, the parent is just waiting upon the children,
> >>>>and the intention is not to keep waking up the waiting parent, but to
> >>>>keep interrupting the children (as we hope to trigger races in our
> >>>>kernel code). kill(-pid) sends the signal to all members of the process
> >>>>group, not just the target pid.
> >>>
> >>>I don't really have any clue about unix pgroups, but the -pid disappeared
> >>>compared to the previous version.
> >>
> >>-getppid().
> >>
> >>I felt it was clearer to pass along the "negative pid = process group"
> >>after setting up the process group.
> >
> >Oh, I was blind ... Yeah looks better, but please add a bigger comment
> >around that code explaining why we need a group and why we use SIG_CONT.
> >With that acked-by: me.
> >
> >Cheers, Daniel
> >
> >>>>We also switch from using SIGUSR1 to SIGCONT to paper over a race
> >>>>condition when forking children that saw the default signal action being
> >>>>run (and thus killing the child).
> >>>
> >>>I thought I fixed that race by first installing the new signal handler,
> >>>then forking. Ok, rechecked and it's the SYS_getpid stuff, so another
> >>>race. Still I thought signal handlers would survive a fork?
> >>
> >>So did irc. They didn't appear to as the children would sporadically
> >>die with SIGUSR1.
> >
> >Could be that libc is doing something funny, iirc they have piles of fork
> >helpers to make fork more reliable (breaking locks and stuff like that),
> >but then in turn break the abstraction.
> >-Daniel
> You could use killpg(pgrp, sig) rather than kill(), just to make it
> clearer that the target is a process group, rather than people
> having to know about the "negative pid" semantics.
> I don't think SIGCHLD is a good idea; it has kernel-defined
> semantics beyond just sending a signal. And it may not be delivered
> at all, if the disposition is not "caught". SIGUSR1 was the right
> thing, really; so it would be better to work out how to make that
> work properly, rather than change to a different one.

SIGCONT not SIGCHLD. And the deposition is supposed to be fully under
our control any way.
> Signal handlers are (supposed to be) inherited across fork(); signal
> disposition is also inherited, and the set of pending signals of a
> new process is (supposed to be) empty. OTOH a signal can be
> delivered to the child before it returns from the fork(), which may
> be a bit surprising.
> I think the safest way to avoid unexpected signals around a fork() is:
> parent calls sigprocmask() to block all interesting signals
> parent calls fork() --> child inherits mask
> parent calls sigprocmask() to restore the previous mask

I tried that.

Chris Wilson, Intel Open Source Technology Centre

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