Re: futex_cmpxchg_enabled breakage

From: Florian Weimer
Date: Sun Sep 16 2018 - 08:22:04 EST

* Rich Felker:

> I just spent a number of hours helping someone track down a bug that
> looks like it's some kind of futex_cmpxchg_enabled detection error on
> powerpc64 (still not sure of the root cause; set_robust_list producing
> -ENOSYS), and a while back I hit the same problem on sh2 due to lack
> of EFAULT on nommu, leading to commit 72cc564f16ca. I think the test
> (introduced way back in commit a0c1e9073ef7) is fundamentally buggy;
> if anything, it should be checking for !=-ENOSYS, not ==-EFAULT.
> Presumably it could also fail to produce -EFAULT if mmap_min_addr is 0
> and page 0 is mapped (a bad idea, but maybe someone does it...). And
> of course other nommu archs are possibly still broken.

Maybe it was related to this (âKernel 4.15 lost set_robust_list
support on POWER 9â):


The Kconfig change you suggest was explicitly rejected as the fix.

I believe the expected userspace interface is that you probe support
with set_robust_list first, and then start using the relevant futex
interfaces only if that call succeeded. If you do that, most parts of
a typical system will work as expected even if the kernel support is
not there, which is a bit surprising. It definitely makes the root
cause harder to spot.