pthread_cond_timedwait() broken in 9-stable? (from JAN 10)

Julian Elischer julian at
Fri Feb 17 02:17:37 UTC 2012

On 2/16/12 5:56 PM, David Xu wrote:
> On 2012/2/17 8:42, Julian Elischer wrote:
>> Adding David Xu for his thoughts since he reqrote the code in 
>> quesiton in revision 213098
>> On 2/16/12 2:57 PM, Julian Elischer wrote:
>>> On 2/16/12 1:06 PM, Julian Elischer wrote:
>>>> On 2/16/12 9:34 AM, Andriy Gapon wrote:
>>>>> on 15/02/2012 23:41 Julian Elischer said the following:
>>>>>> The program fio (an IO test in ports) uses pthreads
>>>>>> the following code (from fio-2.0.3, but its in earlier code too)
>>>>>> has suddenly started misbehaving.
>>>>>>          clock_gettime(CLOCK_REALTIME,&t);
>>>>>>          t.tv_sec += seconds + 10;
>>>>>>          pthread_mutex_lock(&mutex->lock);
>>>>>>          while (!mutex->value&&  !ret) {
>>>>>>                  mutex->waiters++;
>>>>>>                  ret = 
>>>>>> pthread_cond_timedwait(&mutex->cond,&mutex->lock,&t);
>>>>>>                  mutex->waiters--;
>>>>>>          }
>>>>>>          if (!ret) {
>>>>>>                  mutex->value--;
>>>>>>                  pthread_mutex_unlock(&mutex->lock);
>>>>>>          }
>>>>>> It turns out that 'ret' sometimes comes back instantly (on my 
>>>>>> machine) with a
>>>>>> value of 60 (ETIMEDOUT)
>>>>>> despite the fact that we set the timeout 10 seconds into the 
>>>>>> future.
>>>>>> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
>>>>>> (and yes the condition variable attribute have been set to use 
>>>>>> the REALTIME clock).
>>>>> But why?
>>>>> Just a hypothesis that maybe there is some issue with time 
>>>>> keeping on that system.
>>>>> How would that code work out for you with MONOTONIC?
>>>> Jens Axboe, (CC'd) tried both CLOCK_REALTIME and CLOCK_MONOTONIC, 
>>>> and they both had the same problem..
>>>> i.e. random early returns with ETIMEDOUT.
>>>> I think we will try move out machine forward to a newer -stable 
>>>> to see if it resolves.
>>> Kan upgraded the machine today to today's 9.x branch tip and the 
>>> problem still occurs.
>>> 8.x does not have this problem.
>>> I have not got a 9-RELEASE machine to test on.. so I can not tell 
>>> if this came in with the burst of stuff
>>> that came in after the 9.x branch was unfrozen after the release 
>>> of 9.0.
> I am trying to reproduce the problem,  do you have complete sample 
> code to test ?

I'm still looking the exact set
but on my machine (4 cpus) the program from ports sysutils/fio 
exhibits the problem when used with
kern.timecounter.hardware=TSC-low and with the following config file:

pu05 # cat config.fio



pu05 #
pu05 # fio config.fio
fio: this platform does not support process shared mutexes, forcing 
use of threads. Use the 'thread' option to get rid of this warning.
file1: (g=0): rw=randread, bs=4K-4K/4K-4K, ioengine=psync, iodepth=16
file1: (g=0): rw=randread, bs=4K-4K/4K-4K, ioengine=psync, iodepth=16
fio 2.0.3
Starting 15 threads and 1 process
fio: job startup hung? exiting.
fio: 5 jobs failed to start
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

The reason 5 jobs failed to start is because the parent timed out on 
them immediately.
It didn't time out on 10 of them apparently.

if I set the timer to ACPI-fast it works as expected..
> Regards,
> David Xu

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