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Subject: Re: [boost] [interprocess] interprocess_condition blocks on notify_all if other process crashes
From: Ion Gaztañaga (igaztanaga_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-10-22 13:50:10

On 21/10/2016 1:27, Remi Chateauneu wrote:
> When two processes share memory, and if one of them dies leaving a mutex
> in locked state, then the other process blocks on a notify using a
> interprocess_condition, stored in shared memory.
> This is described here:
> The reason is that this condition uses in general, a
> ipcdetail::spin_condition. Here is what it does in
> boost/interprocess/sync/interprocess_condition.hpp and
> boost/interprocess/sync/spin/condition.hpp :
> inline void spin_condition::notify(boost::uint32_t command)
> {
> //This mutex guarantees that no other thread can enter to the
> //do_timed_wait method logic, so that thread count will be
> //constant until the function writes a NOTIFY_ALL command.
> //It also guarantees that no other notification can be signaled
> //on this spin_condition before this one ends
> m_enter_mut.lock();
> It locks an internal mutex, and if it is already locked and not unlocked
> by the crashed process, we are blocked.
> A fix is to replace lock() by:
> if( ! m_enter_mut.timed_lock(delay) )
> throw an_exception();
> A cleaner fix would be to derive a subclass from spin_condition to
> implement something like:
> bool derived_spin_condition::timed_notify(boost::uint32_t, ptime delay)
> What do you think ? Thanks.

You can check the undocumented macro:


if you define it to 10000, then after 10s, an exception should be thrown
saying a possible deadlock is happening.



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