Re: [PATCH v3] kernel/signal.c: fix BUG_ON with SIG128 (MIPS)

From: Ralf Baechle
Date: Fri Jun 21 2013 - 12:14:27 EST

On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 08:59:32AM -0700, David Daney wrote:

> On 06/21/2013 06:39 AM, James Hogan wrote:
> >MIPS has 128 signals, the highest of which has the number 128 (they
> >start from 1). The following command causes get_signal_to_deliver() to
> >pass this signal number straight through to do_group_exit() as the exit
> >code:
> >
> > strace sleep 10 & sleep 1 && kill -128 `pidof sleep`
> >
> >However do_group_exit() checks for the core dump bit (0x80) in the exit
> >code which matches in this particular case and the kernel panics:
> >
> > BUG_ON(exit_code & 0x80); /* core dumps don't get here */
> >
> >Fundamentally the exit / wait status code cannot represent SIG128. In
> >fact it cannot represent SIG127 either as 0x7f represents a stopped
> >child.
> >
> >Therefore add sig_to_exitcode() and exitcode_to_sig() functions which
> >map signal numbers > 126 to exit code 126 and puts the remainder (i.e.
> >sig - 126) in higher bits. This allows WIFSIGNALED() to return true for
> >both SIG127 and SIG128, and allows WTERMSIG to be later updated to read
> >the correct signal number for SIG127 and SIG128.
> I really hate this approach.
> Can we just change the ABI to reduce the number of signals so that
> all the standard C library wait related macros don't have to be
> changed?

Changing the ABI is a very strong medicine that wants to be used very

> Think about it, any user space program using signal numbers 127 and
> 128 doesn't work correctly as things exist today, so removing those
> two will be no great loss.

Glibc has it's own sigset_t of 1024 signals. I wonder if it will even
use more than 64 signals. Similar for other libcs.

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