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[LDM #ORI-704946]: setpgid not working under linux in pipe_open


> I got ambiguous


> (or crazy) and put some printk lines in the kernel in
> sys_setpgid.  The key line that explains the behavior I see is the
> following in the man page for setpgid:
> In  this case, the pgid specifies an
> existing process group to be joined and the session ID  of  that
> group
> must match the session ID of the joining process.
> The key word is "EXISTING".  Since pqact is part of the process group
> for the main rpc.ldmd process, there IS no process group in existence
> that matches the pid of pqact, and therefore the setpgid fails with the
> EPERM error.

It must be a little more complicated than that because setpgid(2) is
used to create new process-groups.  I take your point, however: a
pqact(1) process isn't a process-group leader, so using its PID as
the process-group to join shouldn't work.

> > Ignored signals shouldn't interrupt a process because they can
> > be completely handled by the kernel.  In fact, they should
> > require less handling than a blocked signal (for which state
> > must be kept).
> Ah, you would think this is true, but I have proved that ignored signals
> DO interrupt the process.  Try using strace on the following perl script:
> #! /usr/bin/perl
> use POSIX;
> $SIG{'CONT'} = 'IGNORE';
> #$sigset = POSIX::SigSet->new(SIGCONT);
> #$old_sigset = POSIX::SigSet->new;
> #sigprocmask(SIG_BLOCK, $sigset, $old_sigset);
> sleep 3600;
> Send the process running this perl script a SIGCONT, and you will see it
> show up in the strace.  If you uncomment the commented lines (sigset,
> sigprocmask) and do the same thing you will not see the signal show up
> in the strace.

Harumph!  Bad kernel design!  (Sometimes I really hate reality :-)

> >> I am wondering if the LDM should be written so that rpc.ldmd and pqact
> >> block SIGCONT except for when they are waiting in pq_suspend.

I'm beginning to think you're right.  This would mean that no child
processes of the LDM would automatically receive SIGCONT signals
(except for those calling pqsuspend(3), of course).  Are you aware
of any EXEC or PIPE programs for which this might cause problems?

Steve Emmerson

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: ORI-704946
Department: Support LDM
Priority: Normal
Status: On Hold

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