kern/161097: Unkillable process hanging waiting for "exithold" when p_lock is 1

Martin Simmons martin at
Wed Sep 28 14:00:19 UTC 2011

>Number:         161097
>Category:       kern
>Synopsis:       Unkillable process hanging waiting for "exithold" when p_lock is 1
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Sep 28 14:00:18 UTC 2011
>Originator:     Martin Simmons
>Release:        7.4-RELEASE-p2
Self-build kernel from GENERIC conf + 1 tiny nfs patch
FreeBSD 7.4-RELEASE-p2 FreeBSD 7.4-RELEASE-p2 #0: Thu Sep 15 11:32:16 BST 2011     martin at  i386

A process, which should have exited, is hanging and procstat reports

  PID  PPID  PGID   SID  TSID THR LOGIN    WCHAN     EMUL          COMM        
37462 37460 31946 31946     0   1 martin   exithold  FreeBSD ELF32 devel-gtk-shaken

procstat -k prints nothing for this process, but kgdb gives the following:

(kgdb) where
#0  sched_switch (td=0xc5e5d480, newtd=Variable "newtd" is not available.
) at /usr/src/sys/kern/sched_ule.c:1944
#1  0xc08246f6 in mi_switch (flags=Variable "flags" is not available.
) at /usr/src/sys/kern/kern_synch.c:444
#2  0xc085153b in sleepq_switch (wchan=Variable "wchan" is not available.
) at /usr/src/sys/kern/subr_sleepqueue.c:497
#3  0xc0851b86 in sleepq_wait (wchan=0xc62e5a08) at /usr/src/sys/kern/subr_sleepqueue.c:580
#4  0xc0824b79 in _sleep (ident=0xc62e5a08, lock=0xc62e58d0, priority=92, wmesg=0xc0bd061f "exithold", timo=0) at /usr/src/sys/kern/kern_synch.c:230
#5  0xc07f362b in exit1 (td=0xc5e5d480, rv=0) at /usr/src/sys/kern/kern_exit.c:208
#6  0xc07f4eed in sys_exit (td=Could not find the frame base for "sys_exit".
) at /usr/src/sys/kern/kern_exit.c:110
#7  0xc0b2a005 in syscall (frame=0xe7cf7d38) at /usr/src/sys/i386/i386/trap.c:1101
#8  0xc0b0d010 in Xint0x80_syscall () at /usr/src/sys/i386/i386/exception.s:262
#9  0x00000033 in ?? ()
(kgdb) up 5
#5  0xc07f362b in exit1 (td=0xc5e5d480, rv=0) at /usr/src/sys/kern/kern_exit.c:208
208			msleep(&p->p_lock, &p->p_mtx, PWAIT, "exithold", 0);
(kgdb) p p->p_lock
$5 = 1 '\001'
I don't know how to repeat it.  This process runs every night, but this is the first time I've seen it hang like this.



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