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Subject: [Boost-users] [Log] Random "double free or corruption" in dtor of attribute_value_set
From: robin.lorke_at_[hidden]
Date: 2016-06-15 09:32:15

Hi Gentlemen,

I have an application that is using Boost.Log. The application is long-term
running (days, weeks, maybe months). Currently I am experiencing random
crashes in my application that seem related to Boost.Log. I dont't say that
is is a bug in Boost.Log, but probably I am doing something wrong. I am
using version 1.55.0 but I also tried upgrading to version 1.61.0 but it is
still happening there.
I am currently able to reproduce the crash by forcing logs at a pace of 3
records per second. Then it takes up to 3 days for the crash to happen. The
application is multi-threaded and therefore several threads may be logging
at the same time. For that reason I chose "severity_logger_mt".

It seems related to the destruction of objects of type attribute_value_set.
This is a gdb stacktrace of the crash (gcc O0 build):
(gdb) bt
#0 0xb6bdbed8 in __GI_raise (sig=sig_at_entry=6)
at ../nptl/sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/raise.c:66
#1 0xb6bdf960 in __GI_abort () at abort.c:90
#2 0xb6c139fc in __libc_message (do_abort=2, fmt=0xb6cc8c44 "*** glibc
detected *** %s: %s: 0x%s ***\n")
at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/libc_fatal.c:200
#3 0xb6c1e17c in malloc_printerr (action=3, str=0xb6cc8d80 "double free or
corruption (!prev)", ptr=<optimized out>) at malloc.c:4949
#4 0xb6b3fcb8 in
boost::log::v2_mt_posix::attribute_value_set::~attribute_value_set() ()
from /usr/lib/
#5 0xb6b42688 in
(boost::log::v2_mt_posix::record_view::public_data const*) ()
   from /usr/lib/
#6 0xb6b44c7c in boost::log::v2_mt_posix::core::push_record_move
(boost::log::v2_mt_posix::record&) () from /usr/lib/
#7 0xb6e66814 in Logger::addLog(Logger::LEVEL, char const*, char const*,
int) () from /usr/lib/
#8 0x0005ba50 in addLogRusp (iMessageId=2, sMessage=<optimized out>,
sProcess=0x8dee8 "Application", eLevel=Logger::LEVEL_INFO)
    at ../src/RLS-V/Platform/System.inl.h:303
#9 RLS::Application::fnThreadRuspOut (thread=...)
at ../src/RLS-V/Application.cpp:1447
#10 0xb6e7aa4c in Thread::startFunction(void*) ()
from /usr/lib/
#11 0xb6edae38 in start_thread (arg=0xb3eff460) at pthread_create.c:313
#12 0xb6c7c318 in ?? () from /lib/
Backtrace stopped: previous frame inner to this frame (corrupt stack?)

This is the global logger initialization (using some custom attributes):
boost::log::sources::severity_logger_mt< robot::log::Severity >)
        core::get()->add_global_attribute("ProcessID", AttrProcessId());
attributes::counter< unsigned int >());
        core::get()->add_global_attribute("Scopes", attributes::named_scope
        core::get()->add_global_attribute("LineID", attributes::counter<
unsigned int >(1));
        core::get()->add_global_attribute("SimpleTimeStamp", AttrSimpleTime

        sources::severity_logger_mt< Severity > lg;
        return lg;

These are are my macros for logging:

    //these are needed to convert a macro into a string
    #define STRINGIFY(x) #x
    #define TOSTRING(x) STRINGIFY(x)

    /* NOTE:
     * __FUNCTION__ is not a macro. It's a char pointer. So we use an empty
std::string as basis to concatenate the char* to it
    #define R_LOG_ID(x,y) BOOST_LOG_SEV
(robot::log::appLogger::get(), y) << boost::log::add_value("LogID", x) <<
boost::log::add_value("FLF", ROBOT_FLF)
    #define R_LOG(x) R_LOG_ID(0, x)

    #define ROBOT_FLF std::string() + TOSTRING(__FILE__) + ":" + TOSTRING
(__LINE__) + " (" + __FUNCTION__ + ")"

While "R_LOG_ID" is the only one that is used currently.

There are currently three sinks active: syslog, console and a custom sink
sending log records via an IPC mechanism ( I
am currently testing if it will still happen if I deactivate one or more of
those sinks.

I imagine it will be hard to tell the exact problem from the information
above but maybe you guys could point me in the right direction where to dig
deeper. I will happily provide any missing information and/or code snippets
that could help.

Possibly there are well-known common mistakes that can lead to that memory
corruption in attribute_value_set? Maybe something like lazy evaluation of
log expressions or multi-threading issues?

Many thanks in advance for any help!
Robin Lorke

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