[erlang-questions] Port Driver. erl_drv_thread_join and ErlDrvTid reuse.

Zhemzhitsky Sergey <>
Thu Oct 11 15:11:14 CEST 2012


Hi Rickard,

>> Are you calling driver_failure_atom() from your thread? That would explain this issue.

Exactly. Could you explain a little bit more why it can cause this issue (I suppose it's due to it is not thread safe)?


Best Regards,
Sergey Zhemzhitsky
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-----Original Message-----
From: Rickard Green [mailto:] 
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2012 4:35 PM
To: Zhemzhitsky Sergey
Cc: Erlang Questions
Subject: Re: [erlang-questions] Port Driver. erl_drv_thread_join and ErlDrvTid reuse.

The tid cannot be prematurely reused in this case. The EDEADLK is due to some other reason.

Are you calling driver_failure_atom() from your thread? That would explain this issue.

Regards,
Rickard

On 10/11/2012 02:21 PM, Zhemzhitsky Sergey wrote:
> Hello Rickard,
>
> Thanks a lot for clarification.
>
> I'm doing erl_drv_thread_join() only once and only for threads created by erl_drv_thread_create().
>
> The error only happens from time to time in the following scenario:
>
> 1. Erlang process, I send messages from the ddriver to, dies for some 
> reason 2. Driver callback process_exit fires.
> 3. From the driver thread I'm trying to send the final message to the 
> dead erlang process with driver_send_term 4. As the erlang process is 
> dead, driver_send_term fails 5. As driver_send_term fails I'm doing driver_failure_atom to kill linked process.
>
> Here two things happen:
>
> 6.1 (*stop)(ErlDrvData drv_data) executes as linked process has been 
> killed by driver_failure_atom
> 6.2 Thread, started in the driver, exists
>
> When (*stop)(ErlDrvData drv_data) executes erl_drv_thread_join is called for all the threads started in the driver.
>
> So something wrong happens that leads to tid reuse.
>
> Best Regards,
> Sergey
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rickard Green [mailto:]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:13 PM
> To: Zhemzhitsky Sergey
> Cc: Erlang Questions
> Subject: Re: [erlang-questions] Port Driver. erl_drv_thread_join and ErlDrvTid reuse.
>
>
>> >From time to time erl_drv_thread_join returns error EDEADLK=35, i.e. the current thread (scheduler thread) tries to join itself.
>>
>> According to the documentation “A Thread identifier may be reused very quickly after a thread has terminated. Therefore, if a thread corresponding to one of the involved thread identifiers has terminated since the thread identifier was saved, the result of erl_drv_equal_tids() might not give the expected result.”
>>
>> I suppose that thread terminates earlier then erl_drv_thread_join call happens, so ErlDrvTid is already reused.
>>
>
> This reuse will not cause problems for erl_drv_thread_join() as long as it is used correctly (a tid wont be reused until after the thread has been joined). erl_drv_thread_join() will also refuse to join threads not created by erl_drv_thread_create(), and would in case the scheduler thread tried to join itself fail with EINVAL.
>
>> So the question is how to use erl_drv_thread_join properly and how to guarantee that the saved ErlDrvTid value points to the same data that was returned from erl_drv_thread_create?
>>
>
> It is important that the thread is joined once and *only* once. Are you sure that you don't do two calls to erl_drv_thread_join() for the same thread?
>
> Regards,
> Rickard
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