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authorRavishankar N <>2014-01-24 17:27:38 +0530
committerVijay Bellur <>2014-02-03 05:45:03 -0800
commit8cf2a36dad6c8bac7cd3a05455fd555544ebb457 (patch)
tree796f4489363839009b18140d8d83a603316ffba7 /glusterfsd
parent3395b98a341228e89cf0a88e0d86c90117dbb285 (diff)
glusterd: Fix race in pid file update
This patch only removes lines of code. For personal gratification, giving a detailed explanation of what the problem was. When glusterd spawns the local brick process, say when a reboot of the node occurs,the glusterd_brick_start() and subsequently the glusterd_volume_start_glusterfs() function gets called twice; from glusterd_spawn_daemons() and glusterd_do_volume_quorum_action() respectively. This causes a race, best described by a pseudo-code of current behaviour. glusterd_volume_start_glusterfs() { if(!brick process running) { step-a) reap pid file( i.e. unlink it) step-b) fork a brick process which creates and locks pid file and binds the process to a socket. } } Time Event ---- ----- T1 Call-1 arrives, completes step-a, starts step-b T2 Call-2 arrives, enters step-a as Call-1's forked child is not yet running. T3 Call-1's forked child is alive, creates pidfile and locks it,binds its address to a socket. T4 Call-2 performs step-a; i.e.unlinks the pid file created by Call-1 !! (files can still be stil be unlinked despite a lockf on it) T5 Call-2 does step-b, and the forked child process creates a *new* pid file with it's pid and locks this file. T6 But Call-2's brick process is not able to bind to socket as it is already in use (courtesy T3) and hence exits (so no locks anymore on the pidfile). Result: - Pid file now contains PID of an extinct brick process. - `gluster volume status` shows this PID value. It also notices that there is no lock held on pid file by the currently running brick process (created by Call-1) and hence shows N/A for the online status. Also, as a result of events at T4, "ls -l /proc/<brick process PID>/fd/pidfile" shows up as deleted. Fix: 1.Do not unlink pid file. i.e. avoid step-a. Now at T5,Call-2's brick process cannot obtain lock on pid file (Call-1's process still holds it) and exits. 2. Unrelated, but remove lock-unlock sequence in glusterfs_pidfile_setup() which does not seem to be doing anything useful. Change-Id: I18d3e577bb56f68d85d3e0d0bfd268e50ed4f038 BUG: 1035586 Signed-off-by: Ravishankar N <> Reviewed-on: Reviewed-by: Krishnan Parthasarathi <> Tested-by: Gluster Build System <> Reviewed-by: Vijay Bellur <>
Diffstat (limited to 'glusterfsd')
1 files changed, 0 insertions, 20 deletions
diff --git a/glusterfsd/src/glusterfsd.c b/glusterfsd/src/glusterfsd.c
index c8ffdf18b..108edc10c 100644
--- a/glusterfsd/src/glusterfsd.c
+++ b/glusterfsd/src/glusterfsd.c
@@ -1508,26 +1508,6 @@ glusterfs_pidfile_setup (glusterfs_ctx_t *ctx)
goto out;
- ret = lockf (fileno (pidfp), F_TLOCK, 0);
- if (ret) {
- gf_log ("glusterfsd", GF_LOG_ERROR,
- "pidfile %s lock error (%s)",
- cmd_args->pid_file, strerror (errno));
- goto out;
- }
- gf_log ("glusterfsd", GF_LOG_TRACE,
- "pidfile %s lock acquired",
- cmd_args->pid_file);
- ret = lockf (fileno (pidfp), F_ULOCK, 0);
- if (ret) {
- gf_log ("glusterfsd", GF_LOG_ERROR,
- "pidfile %s unlock error (%s)",
- cmd_args->pid_file, strerror (errno));
- goto out;
- }
ctx->pidfp = pidfp;
ret = 0;