Re: [PATCHSET RFC] ptrace,signal: clean transition between STOPPEDand TRACED

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Mon Jan 31 2011 - 10:41:28 EST


On Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:40:30PM -0800, Roland McGrath wrote:
> > Okay, just finished ran make check with and without the patchset.
> > Without the patchset, 2.6.38-rc2 failed five tests.
> Hmm. I didn't think we were in that poor a state, but it has been quite a
> while since I looked. I wonder if that's a regression from a few releases
> back, or what. Oleg and Jan should know better than I do about the state
> of these tests.

Also, the first test of xcheck seems to enter infinite loop.

> > With the patchset six. The one extra test which failed was
> > attach-sigcont-wait because the tracee now always enters TRACED after
> > PTRACE_ATTACH, which I think is the correct behavior because the previous
> > behavior where a stopped task honors SIGCONT unconditionally if it was
> > delivered before the next ptrace call (any operation other than detach)
> > doesn't make any sense to me in addition to the fact that it was buggy
> > regarding the arch hook.
> Well, I can't say I'm at all sure I agree with your assessment about that.
> But we can investigate further before I make any particular assertions.
> > Is there an actual use case which requires this behavior? We can try
> > to emulate the original behavior but I don't think it's a sane one.
> Most of those cases were added when Jan ran into a particular problem while
> working on GDB, and some of them from issues that arose with ptrace. Jan
> is probably the person who knows best about the requirements each test was
> meant to verify.

Jan, do you care to chime in?

> > Another difference was how stopped-detach-sleeping failed. It failed
> > both with and without the patchset but with the patchset it triggered
> > an assert(). The difference was because the assert() was testing
> > whether the task was in STOPPED state after attach - it's now in
> > TRACED state instead. With the assert removed, it failed the same
> > way.
> This is probably something that can change in the test. I think some of
> those /proc/pid/status checks in the tests were either just to match
> expectations based on manifest kernel behavior, but they might also have
> been because it really did matter somehow and it was just easier to discern
> that way than to write a test that reliably found the important race
> condition or whatever it was. So again we need Jan to help us understand
> the intent of the test and the specific GDB requirements it represents.

I see. Yeah, if there are users which expect /proc/pid/status to be
certain value, we can either emulate it or delay TRACED transition to
the next PTRACE call *after* ATTACH/wait(2) sequence, but I think both
are quite ugly and would like to avoid if at all possible.

Thank you.

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