threads/103975: Implicit loading/unloading of may crash user processes

Takahiro Kurosawa takahiro.kurosawa at
Fri Oct 6 01:49:51 PDT 2006

Alexander Kabaev <kabaev at> wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Oct 2006 09:06:20 -0400
> John Baldwin <john at> wrote:
> > > To fix the problem, a function that has __attribute__((destructor))
> > > in libpthread should probably be implemented in order to recover
> > > the initial state before unloading.
> >
> > I'm not sure you can recover the state actually, hence why I think
> > maybe we should make it so that libpthread doesn't unload once it has
> > been loaded.

I understand that it's way easier to prohibit unloading of libpthread
than to change the code safely unloadable.
Thanks for your explanation, John!

> Linux does not allow pthread library to be unloaded presumably because
> of reasons like this. From readelf -a /compat/linux/lib/
>  0x6ffffffb (FLAGS_1)                    Flags: NODELETE INITFIRST
> Infortunately, rtld does not implement NODELETE and INITFIRST. Both are
> addressed in my patch that I am yet to commit.

I'm looking forward to the commit of your patch into the CVS repository :-)
Maybe the following line should be added to src/lib/libpthread/Makefile
when rtld supports the NODELETE flag? :

KUROSAWA, Takahiro

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