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bug#6281: Fwd: Possible bug in coreutils-8.5 or associated gnulib versio

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: bug#6281: Fwd: Possible bug in coreutils-8.5 or associated gnulib version
Date: Sat, 29 May 2010 00:24:17 +0200
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> >> Chris Clayton wrote:
> >> > but make check hangs when
> >> > gnulib-tests/test-lock is run. The log showed that the hang occurred
> >> > somewhere after the
> >> > message "Starting test_rwlock" was output
> ...
> > The only thing I can think of is that glibc is a bit old at 2.7,
> Using glibc-2.7 with a new kernel is unusual indeed.

But the kernel people try hard not to break backward compatibility, and
while glibc-2.7 is not as bleeding edge as linux 2.6.34, it is less than
3 years old.

You can easily reduce the size of test-lock.c so that only one of the four
tests is run. The next step will be to manually expand the macros from
gnulib's <lock.h>, so that you get 100% POSIX compliant source code.
With that, you could go to the glibc people and ask for help.

But given that glibc-2.7 is old, you would need someone else to reproduce
it also with a newer glibc. And personally I would guess it's a breakage
in the new linux 2.6.34. But in order to isolate a bug in the multithread
system calls, you need help of a some super hacker like Ulrich Drepper or
Ingo Molnar.

So, can you trim down the testcase to something that fails with glibc-2.11
and submit that through the glibc bugzilla?


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