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Bug 64798 - new kernel errata hangs xosview on SMP (2.4.18-4smp)
new kernel errata hangs xosview on SMP (2.4.18-4smp)
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: xosview (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
medium Severity medium
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Assigned To: Ngo Than
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2002-05-12 19:18 EDT by greg hosler
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:42 EDT (History)
6 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2002-05-29 13:42:09 EDT
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patch which uses std::string (1.49 KB, patch)
2002-05-24 17:37 EDT, Michael Schwendt
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Description greg hosler 2002-05-12 19:18:28 EDT
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Description of problem:
xosview hangs under 2.4.18-4smp

xosview works under 2.4.18-4 (and under 2.4.18-3smp)

I did an strace and it hangs here:

open("/proc/stat", O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE) = 4
fstat64(4, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
read(4, "cpu  22963 0 1655 17816\ncpu0 116"..., 1024) = 1024
read(4, "00000 1000000000 1000000000 1000"..., 1024) = 1024

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. need x86 & SMP
2. install RH7.3
3. install new kernal eratta (2.4.18-4smp)
4. Reboot
5. run xosview

Actual Results:  xosview hangs

Expected Results:  xosview should run as per normal

Additional info:

not 100% certain if this is a bug in xosview or new kernel eratta.
Since new kernel changed the behaviour, initial bugzilla report is
against kernel.
Comment 1 Michael Schwendt 2002-05-12 21:29:31 EDT
The same with "kernel-2.4.18-4.athlon" on single-processor mainboard.
Comment 2 greg hosler 2002-05-12 22:46:04 EDT
I just saw the [RHBA-2002:085-11] advisory, and the following looks suspicious:

3. Problem description:


    Finally, bugs in the vsnprintf implementation and in the way the kernel
    reads the /proc/stat file are now fixed.

Note that xosview is having trouble reading /proc/stat (from the strace above).
Comment 3 Daniel Tweedt 2002-05-13 00:33:26 EDT
The problem seems to be in fs/proc/proc_misc.c where, in the latest release,
1000000000 is added to kstat_irqs(i). I removed that change, and now xosview
works fine. I have a single processor Athlon system.
Comment 4 Ben LaHaise 2002-05-16 16:07:08 EDT
The kernel bug adding 1 billion to the interrupt counts is fixed in 64825, but
xosview should not hang due to the size of the /proc/stat increasing. 
Reassigned to xosview.
Comment 5 greg hosler 2002-05-18 02:04:10 EDT
I ran xosview under ddd and note the following.
In linux/cpumeter.cpu, CPUMeter::countCPUs() it is reading STATFILENAME 
(/proc/stats) by way of a C++ ifstream:

      ifstream stats( STATFILENAME );
      char buf[1024];
      stats.getline(buf, 1024);

The problem is that the new intr line in the stats file is now much longer than
it used to be (due to the kernel change). The new line length is 2476
characters, and the 1st read of that line will return the 1st 1024 bytes, but
the 2nd read does not pick up the rest of the line.

My C++ is not good enough to realize whether this is a bug in C++, or whether
getline is supposed to work this way.

one potential quick fix is to change all the proc/stat buffers from 1024 to
4096, but honestly, this is a crock, and a longer line will still cause this
problem. (e.g. bugger size interrupt values).

Someone familiar w/ C++ could probably address this problem.

Comment 6 greg hosler 2002-05-18 02:47:34 EDT
I note that my suggested fix above (changing the buffer size) is not correct fix.
After applying it, I note that xosview runs at 100% cpu usage. Have not
investigated why though.
Comment 7 Michael Schwendt 2002-05-24 17:37:23 EDT
Created attachment 58464 [details]
patch which uses std::string
Comment 8 Michael Schwendt 2002-05-24 17:48:07 EDT
If that doesn't help, the cpumeter.cc code contains much pointer arithmetic
using C-style char buffers and string functions. Hard to mix with C++ strings.
Comment 9 Ian Cameron 2002-05-29 12:45:22 EDT
I just uploaded src and i386 packages to incoming.redhat.com/libc6 with a
modified buffer size of 4096.  I didn't think that increasing the buffer size
was the real proper way to fix it, but it's a reasonable temporary solution.  I
sent the xosview author the patch too, although it would seem that he's probably
aware of this by now having read this bug report.

Ho hum, will continue to use the version I have modified on the SMP machine here
until RH get a solution out.
Comment 10 Ian Cameron 2002-05-29 13:42:04 EDT
For information:

I had a reply from the author, he has updated the CVS tree and changed the
buffer length to 4096 in linux/cpumeter.cc.

Note to self:

Read bugzilla *before* bothering to do anything yourself!
Comment 11 Ngo Than 2002-06-02 16:47:53 EDT
It's fixed in 1.8.0-3
Comment 12 Need Real Name 2003-09-05 21:19:53 EDT
We are seeing this exact behavior on RedHat 9.0 with kernel-smp-2.4.20-18.9
and either xosview-1.8.0-11 or the rawhide xosview-1.8.0-15, except that in 
the strace it is hanging on reading /proc/interrupts instead of /proc/stat.

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