Bug 17817

Summary: getkey could hang system on startup
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Arenas Belon, Carlo Marcelo <carenas>
Component: initscriptsAssignee: Bill Nottingham <notting>
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Description Arenas Belon, Carlo Marcelo 2000-09-25 06:58:41 UTC
on rc.sysinit there is a posible "race condition" between calling getkey
(for interactive startup) and killing getkey (before starting selected
runlevel scripts)

# Clean up utmp/wtmp
touch /var/log/wtmp
chgrp utmp /var/run/utmp /var/log/wtmp
kill -TERM `/sbin/pidof getkey` >/dev/null 2>&1
if [ "$PROMPT" != "no" ]; then
  /sbin/getkey i && touch /var/run/confirm

as you can see, if the code between the {} runs too fast, you could end
with an stalled "getkey" waiting forever for input (as i have experienced
on some Compaq Dual Processor, Hardware RAID systems and the simpler script
from RH6.2)

to be fair, i've been unable to reproduce the same "hung" on 7.0final but
there is a theorical posibility that if given enough resources this could
happen (there seems to be a need for about 1 second before the kill is
reached for getting a successfull kill of getkey)

my solution was to patch rc.sysinit so getkey is called with a "timeout"
parameter (seems like someone on RH tought it could happen before and added
the timeout parameter but no fix on the rc.sysinit script)

if [ "$PROMPT" != "no" ]; then
  /sbin/getkey -3 i && touch /var/run/confirm

RH6.2's getkey doesn't have the "timeout" parameter so a backport should be
released with the modified rc.sysinit to fix this problem.

Comment 1 Arenas Belon, Carlo Marcelo 2000-09-26 00:52:06 UTC
solved for RH 6.2, could be used on 7.0 and others

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 17842 ***