Infinite loop in tcp_output on RELENG_5

Robert Watson rwatson at
Sat Oct 9 10:51:56 PDT 2004

On Fri, 8 Oct 2004, Kris Kennaway wrote:

> pointyhat (SMP machine running RELENG_5) has twice in the past 2 days
> gone into an infinite loop in the tcp_output() function (repeatedly
> breaking into DDB and continuing, I can see it at different points in
> the code).  I made tcp_output keep a counter and increment when it hits
> the again: label.  If the counter reaches 1000, it panics.  This
> happened again just now: 

There is a small but non-zero chance that the commit I just made to
tcp_output.c to add some missing locking around socket buffer accesses
might affect (fix?) this problem.  The change was tcp_output.c:1.103, if
you want to give it a spin. 

Robert N M Watson             FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
robert at      Principal Research Scientist, McAfee Research

> panic: Looping in tcp_output
> cpuid = 0
> KDB: enter: panic
> [thread 100043]
> Stopped at      kdb_enter+0x30: leave
> db> tr
> kdb_enter(c06de69a,0,c06e973a,ebbd5ba0,c34cd4b0) at kdb_enter+0x30
> panic(c06e973a,0,ebbd5b68,0,0) at panic+0x14e
> tcp_output(c395f8c0,c395f8c0,c3ed3e10,c05a79f0,ebbd5ca0) at tcp_output+0x19e
> tcp_drop(c395f8c0,3c,c06e9fe7,1ab,e) at tcp_drop+0x30
> tcp_timer_persist(c395f8c0,0,c06df6ba,f5,0) at tcp_timer_persist+0x14c
> softclock(0,0,c06dc037,269,c0738ac0) at softclock+0x1c8
> ithread_loop(c345d800,ebbd5d48,c06dbe2a,323,41531744) at ithread_loop+0x172
> fork_exit(c04f1210,c345d800,ebbd5d48) at fork_exit+0xc6
> fork_trampoline() at fork_trampoline+0x8
> --- trap 0x1, eip = 0, esp = 0xebbd5d7c, ebp = 0 ---
> This might be related to SACK, which is one of the situations where we
> loop back to the again label, but that's just a guess.

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