Unlocking a robust mutex in a cleanup handler

Dimitri Staessens dimitri.staessens at intec.ugent.be
Tue Dec 6 14:20:17 UTC 2016

Dear Konstantin,

thanks for your immediate response. Please find attached a minimal code 
example. I do hope I'm sending in the correct format, I'm new to the 

The test creates an integer, robust mutex and condition variable in 
shared memory. A thread blocks on that condition variable with the 
associated mutex. After one second, the main thread cancels the blocking 

I compile as follows:

gcc robust_test.c -lpthread -lrt -o robust_test

and run


On linux it gives the following output:
[dstaesse at phoneutria]$ ./robust_test
Starting thread...
Sleeping for one second...
Thread started...
Cancelling thread...
Thread finished.

On FreeBSD I get the following:
$ ./robust_test
Starting thread...
Sleeping for one second...
Thread started...
Cancelling thread...
Fatal error 'inact_mtx enter' at line 188 in file 
/usr/src/lib/libthr/thread/thr_mutex.c (errno = 0)
Abort trap (core dumped)

Thanks again for your time,


On 12/06/16 12:25, Konstantin Belousov wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 06, 2016 at 11:49:24AM +0100, Dimitri Staessens wrote:
>> Dear devs,
>> first of all, thank you for supporting robust mutexes in FreeBSD 11.
>> I'm having some issues with a thread that holds a robust mutex (residing
>> in a POSIX shared memory (shm) segment) in conjunctions with a condition
>> variable (also in that POSIX shm) on which that thread is blocked via a
>> pthread_cond_wait() call. pthread_cond_wait tries to retake the mutex
>> after the thread cancellation signal is received, and there is a
>> pthread_mutex_unlock pushed to the cleanup stack to unlock that robust
>> mutex in case of a cancellation.
>> Cancelling that thread works fine on Linux, however, on FreeBSD
>> 11.0-RELEASE, if I pthread_cancel that thread I can't get past the
>> following check and resulting PANIC call:
>> https://github.com/freebsd/freebsd/blob/master/lib/libthr/thread/thr_mutex.c#L187
>> After removing the check and recompiling libthr everything seems to work
>> fine.
>> Could this be a bug in libthr or am I missing a nuance in the use of a
>> shared robust mutexes in conjunction with condition variables?
> Most likely, this is a bug in libthr.  But please extract the minimal
> reproduction case and send it to me.

Dimitri Staessens
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