[erlang-questions] gdb questions (was Segfault in do_allocate_logger_message)

Vince Foley vincefoley@REDACTED
Tue Apr 24 22:31:12 CEST 2018

Ok, after a bit of learning how to use gdb, I now have a set of backtraces
that point to a different piece of code. Also I have figured out the
proximate condition for the issue to exist...

Now that I have the matching beam file to go with the crash dump, I am
consistently seeing the crash in this location:

Program terminated with signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
#0  0x00000000004c7f11 in eq (a=<optimized out>, b=<optimized out>) at
2346          if (!is_boxed(b) || *boxed_val(b) != *aa)
[Current thread is 1 (Thread 0x7f6721931700 (LWP 515))]
(gdb) backtrace
#0  0x00000000004c7f11 in eq (a=<optimized out>, b=<optimized out>) at
#1  0x000000000044a15b in process_main (x_reg_array=0x7f672779c5c0,
f_reg_array=0x7f672c07fb82) at beam/beam_emu.c:1568
#2  0x00000000004f4b88 in sched_thread_func (vesdp=0x7f6723d47980) at
#3  0x0000000000675945 in thr_wrapper (vtwd=0x7ffdbbd3e4e0) at
#4  0x00007f676acfb494 in start_thread (arg=0x7f6721931700) at
#5  0x00007f676a835acf in clone () at

So the interesting thing is this: I can completely get rid of the crashes
by disabling the feature that I have been working on that uses `seq_trace`

We did a bit of googling and found a very old bug related to `seq_trace`
and memory corruption...

OTP-4222 Match spec 'set_seq_token' corrupts heap


I'm wondering if this issue still exists, and we are winding up with
corrupted memory which then means that the `eq` check just blows up...

FYI - Sorry I got the beam files mixed up earlier, but also glad that led
to a bug fix of it's own!!

On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 7:37 AM, Vince Foley <vincefoley@REDACTED> wrote:

> I'm using Docker to build and run my release (my company has tons of
> docker infrastructure)..
> The official docker image looks like it builds erlang from source with
> `./otp_build autoconf`
> https://github.com/c0b/docker-erlang-otp/blob/master/20/Dockerfile
> https://hub.docker.com/_/erlang/
> On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 7:27 AM, Roger Lipscombe <roger@REDACTED>
> wrote:
>> On 24 April 2018 at 14:20, Vince Foley <vincefoley@REDACTED> wrote:
>> > Do you know of any documentation around building "unstripped" erlang
>> > releases? This is my next step...
>> Don't strip them in the first place :)
>> We build our Erlang/OTP using kerl, which we then embed into our
>> release, which is then packaged as a .deb file, using the Debian tools
>> (debbuild, etc.).
>> It's the debbuild step that strips the binaries as they're put in the
>> .deb file. We simply keep the unstripped beam.smp binary from before
>> this happens. Do the ESL .deb files (assuming that's how you're
>> installing Erlang) also contain stripped binaries?
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