Does anyone use nscd?

Jilles Tjoelker jilles at
Sat Oct 8 12:31:10 UTC 2011

On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 at 03:54:00PM -0700, Artem Belevich wrote:
> 2011/10/5 Dag-Erling Sm?rgrav <des at>:
> > Michael Bushkov <bushman at> writes:
> >> 2. Consequences of the aforementioned problem can probably be
> >> corrected by using _setsockopt(..., SO_NOSIGPIPE) in
> >> __open_cached_connection() in nscachedcli.c

> > That sounds like a workaround rather than a fix...

> Not necessarily. Using SO_NOSIGPIPE is a valid option when someone
> wants to see read/write on a closed socket fail and return -1 with
> errno=EPIPE.

> Quick grep in libc shows that resolver code in
> lib/libc/resolv/res_send.c also sets SO_NOSIGPIPE for exactly that
> reason.

Disabling SIGPIPE is good anyway because a crashing/dying nscd should
not cause applications to terminate. However, if EPIPE/SIGPIPE happens
in normal operation, that is still a bug that should be fixed.

By the way, SO_NOSIGPIPE is not in POSIX.1-2008 while the MSG_NOSIGNAL
flag to send() is. It may be better to replace the write() call with
send() with the MSG_NOSIGNAL flag and drop the setsockopt().

Jilles Tjoelker

More information about the freebsd-hackers mailing list