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Re: [libvirt] libvirtd deadlock on shutdown

On 06/20/2012 03:07 PM, Jim Fehlig wrote:
> I'm looking into a libvirtd deadlock on daemon shutdown.  The deadlock
> occurs when shutting down virNetServer.  If the handling of a job is in
> flight in virNetServerHandleJob(), the virNetServer lock is acquired
> when freeing job->prog (src/rpc/virnetserver.c:167).  But the lock is
> already held in virNetServerFree(), which is blocked in
> virThreadPoolFree() waiting for all the workers to finish.  No progress
> can be made.
> The attached hack fixes the problem, but I'm not convinced this is an
> appropriate fix.  Is it necessary to hold the virNetServer lock when
> calling virNetServerProgramFree(job->prog)?  I notice the lock is not
> held in the error path of virNetServerHandleJob().

> +++ b/src/rpc/virnetserver.c
> @@ -774,7 +774,9 @@ void virNetServerFree(virNetServerPtr srv)
>      for (i = 0 ; i < srv->nservices ; i++)
>          virNetServerServiceToggle(srv->services[i], false);
> +    virNetServerUnlock(srv);
>      virThreadPoolFree(srv->workers);
> +    virNetServerLock(srv);

As written, this can't be right, because it reads a field of srv outside
the locks.  But maybe you meant:

<type> tmp = srv->workers;
srv->workers = NULL;

as a possible fix that doesn't violate the safety rules of reading
fields from srv outside a lock.

I hope danpb chimes in on this one, as he is more of an expert when it
comes to the locking rules in virnet*.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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