[erlang-bugs] Infinite loop in async_del in erl_async.c

Rickard Green <>
Tue May 17 09:41:16 CEST 2011


Thanks! We'll fix this in the soon to be released R14B03.

Regards,
Rickard Green, Erlang/OTP, Ericsson AB

On May 16, 2011, at 6:51 PM, <> <> wrote:

> 
> Hi!
> 
> We have recently experienced a problem where our linked in driver
> using the asynchronous thread pool suddenly enters an infinite
> loop eventually causing the whole Erlang runtime system to shut
> down (without generating an erl_crash.dump).
> 
> This problem occured on Windows 2000/2003 Server with SMP support
> disabled and with 1024 asynchronous threads (+A 1024) running
> Erlang/OTP R12B-2.
> 
> After a lot of investigation the error appeared to be in the
> function async_del in erl_async.c and now one of my colleagues
> believes he has identified the bug.
> 
> The problem is that the code does not advance passed the first
> element in a non-empty queue on a thread. If the first queue
> element found is not the id we are looking for we get an infinite
> loop. The code included below includes a suggested fix by my
> colleague which solves the problem. 
> 
> This bug is still present in R14.
> 
> 
> static int async_del(long id)
> {
>    int i;
>    /* scan all queue for an entry with async_id == 'id' */
> 
>    for (i = 0; i < erts_async_max_threads; i++) {
> 	ErlAsync* a;
> 	erts_mtx_lock(&async_q[i].mtx);
> 	
> 	a = async_q[i].head;
> 	while(a != NULL) {
> 	    if (a->async_id == id) {
> 		if (a->prev != NULL)
> 		    a->prev->next = a->next;
> 		else
> 		    async_q[i].head = a->next;
> 		if (a->next != NULL)
> 		    a->next->prev = a->prev;
> 		else
> 		    async_q[i].tail = a->prev;
> 		async_q[i].len--;
> 		erts_mtx_unlock(&async_q[i].mtx);
> 		if (a->async_free != NULL)
> 		    a->async_free(a->async_data);
> 		async_detach(a->hndl);
> 		erts_free(ERTS_ALC_T_ASYNC, a);
> 		return 1;
> 	    }
> 	    a = a->next;         //<-- Add this line.
> 	}
> 	erts_mtx_unlock(&async_q[i].mtx);
>    }
>    return 0;
> }
> 
> 
> /Best regards
> Anders Ramsell
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