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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2] main-loop: fix qemu_notify_event for aio_notify

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2] main-loop: fix qemu_notify_event for aio_notify optimization
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:42:55 +0200

aio_notify can be optimized away, and in fact almost always will.  However,
qemu_notify_event is used in places where this is incorrect---most notably,
when handling SIGTERM.  When aio_notify is optimized away, it is possible that
QEMU enters a blocking ppoll immediately afterwards and stays there, without
reaching main_loop_should_exit().

Fix this by using a bottom half.  The bottom half can be optimized too, but
scheduling it is enough for the ppoll not to block.  The hang is thus avoided.

Reported-by: Peter Maydell <address@hidden>
Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <address@hidden>
 main-loop.c | 11 ++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/main-loop.c b/main-loop.c
index 82875a4..3997043 100644
--- a/main-loop.c
+++ b/main-loop.c
@@ -114,6 +114,14 @@ static int qemu_signal_init(void)
 static AioContext *qemu_aio_context;
+static QEMUBH *qemu_notify_bh;
+static void notify_event_cb(void *opaque)
+    /* No need to do anything; this bottom half is only used to
+     * kick the kernel out of ppoll/poll/WaitForMultipleObjects.
+     */
 AioContext *qemu_get_aio_context(void)
@@ -125,7 +133,7 @@ void qemu_notify_event(void)
     if (!qemu_aio_context) {
-    aio_notify(qemu_aio_context);
+    qemu_bh_schedule(qemu_notify_bh);
 static GArray *gpollfds;
@@ -144,6 +152,7 @@ int qemu_init_main_loop(Error **errp)
     qemu_aio_context = aio_context_new(&local_error);
+    qemu_notify_bh = qemu_bh_new(notify_event_cb, NULL);
     if (!qemu_aio_context) {
         error_propagate(errp, local_error);
         return -EMFILE;

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