Bug 101062 - rpm hangs in futex(0x405bd790, FUTEX_WAIT, 0, NULL...
rpm hangs in futex(0x405bd790, FUTEX_WAIT, 0, NULL...
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-07-28 17:02 EDT by Scott Leerssen
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:56 EDT (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2003-07-29 08:55:29 EDT
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Description Scott Leerssen 2003-07-28 17:02:27 EDT
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Description of problem:
I just updated to 2.4.20-19 and can not use rpm; it hangs every single time I
run it.  I don't know for sure if this is the dreaded NPTL issue or not, but
here are the relevent versions of software, including the rpm release mentioned

[root@mws root]# cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.4.20-19.9 (bhcompile@stripples.devel.redhat.com) (gcc version
3.2.2 20030222 (Red Hat Linux 3.2.2-5)) #1 Tue Jul 15 17:18:13 EDT 2003

[root@mws root]# rpm -q glibc

[root@mws root]# rpm -q rpm

If I set LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.4.1 before running the command, the hang does not
occur, so it appears the NPTL may still buggy in the lastest kernel and glibc.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.rpm -<insert favorit options here>


Actual Results:  rpm hangs and can not be killed with a CTRL-C; it must be
killed with kill -9

Expected Results:  anything but a hang.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2003-07-29 08:53:13 EDT
If you are doing "kill -9" then you must clean up
stale locks afterwards by doing
    rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db*

And, try "rpm -qa | less", exit early, watch stale lock left behind.

Then upgrade to rpm-4.2-1 from ftp://ftp.rpm.org/pub
Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 2003-07-29 08:55:29 EDT
That should have been ftp://ftp.rpm.org/pub/rpm/dist/rpm-4.2.x
Comment 3 Scott Leerssen 2003-07-29 09:36:19 EDT
Why would setting LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=1 cause rpm to run without hanging if stale
locfiles were the cause?
Comment 4 Scott Leerssen 2003-07-29 09:39:16 EDT
I meant LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.4.1
Comment 5 Jeff Johnson 2003-07-29 09:49:41 EDT
Because LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.4.1 uses the old libpthread implementation,
not NPTL. This changes the posix mutex implementation that is used by
Berkeley DB in rpm.
Comment 6 Scott Leerssen 2003-07-29 10:30:09 EDT
Excellent, thanks for the detail.  That makes some sense, then.
Comment 7 Kragen Sitaker 2003-11-19 12:45:29 EST
Maybe we should add a GNOME dialog box to kill -9: "Warning: Killing
processes can cause system instability.  Are you sure you want to do
this?"  Also when you close a filehandle, since that can cause a SIGPIPE.

Or maybe we should stop putting futexes in files that exist on the

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