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Re: [Qemu-ppc] [Qemu-devel] linux-user crashes on clone(2) when run on p

From: Peter Maydell
Subject: Re: [Qemu-ppc] [Qemu-devel] linux-user crashes on clone(2) when run on ppc host
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:55:54 +0100

On 18 June 2015 at 15:23, Emilio G. Cota <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 08:42:40 +0100, Peter Maydell wrote:
>> > What data structures are you referring to? Are they ppc-specific?
>> None of the code generation data structures are locked at all --
>> if two threads try to generate code at the same time they'll
>> tend to clobber each other.
> AFAICT tb_gen_code is called with a mutex held (the sequence is
> mutex->tb_find_fast->tb_find_slow->tb_gen_code in cpu-exec.c)
> The only call to tb_gen_code that in usermode is not holding
> the lock is in cpu_breakpoint_insert->breakpoint_invalidate->
> tb_invalidate_phys_page_range->tb_gen_code. I'm not using
> gdb so I guess I cannot trigger this.
> Am I missing something?

I'd forgotten we had that mutex. However it's not actually
a sufficient fix for the problem. What needs to happen is
 (a) somebody actually sits down and figures out what data
structures we have and what locking/per-cpuness/etc they need,
ie a design
 (b) somebody implements that design

This is happening as port of the TCG multithreading work:

This is the bug we've had kicking around for a while about
multithreading races:

As just one example race, consider the possibility that
thread A calls tb_gen_code, which calls tb_alloc, which
calls tb_flush, which clears the whole code cache, and then
tb_gen_code starts generating code over the top of a TB
that thread B was in the middle of executing from...

>> On 17 June 2015 at 22:36, Emilio G. Cota <address@hidden> wrote:
>> > I don't think this is a race because it also breaks when
>> > run on a single core (with taskset -c 0).
> As I said, this problem doesn't seem to be a race.

The multiple threads will still all be racing with each
other on the single core.

In general I don't see much benefit in detailed investigation
into the precise reason why a guest program crashes when
the whole area is known to be fundamentally not designed

-- PMM

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