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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH 3/3] Manually kill gzip if restore fails before starting qemu

On 01/25/2011 12:47 PM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 04:24:20AM -0500, Laine Stump wrote:
If a guest image is saved in compressed format, and the restore fails
in some way after the intermediate process used to uncompress the
image has been started, but before qemu has been started to hook up to
the uncompressor, libvirt will endlessly wait for the uncompressor to
finish, but it never will because it's still waiting to have something
hooked up to drain its output.

The solution is to manually send a SIGTERM to the compressor process
before calling waitpid on it (only if the restore has failed, of
Are we leaking a file descriptor here then ?  I would think
it would get EPIPE or EIO or an end-of-file if QEMU didn't
start up and automatically exit. That we need to kill it
seems odd (though a worthy extra measure once we're verified
that all FDs are closed properly).

Good point. I guess the proper thing to do is first close the fd that's pointing to the pipe, then do the kill (which will probably be unnecessary, but as you say a worthy extra measure).

Do you think it's necessary to do anything this complicated?

   kill(pid, SIGTERM);
   (usleep or maybe a waitpid(pid, &childstat, WNOHANG) ?)
   if (kill(pid, 0) == 0)
      kill(pid, SIGKILL);

Or is the single SIGTERM sufficient?

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