Bug 9240 - EINTR in select causes client shutdown
Summary: EINTR in select causes client shutdown
Alias: None
Product: xorg
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Server/General (show other bugs)
Version: 7.3 (2007.09)
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Linux (All)
: high major
Assignee: Xorg Project Team
QA Contact: Xorg Project Team
Keywords: patch
Depends on:
Blocks: xorg-server-1.4.1
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Reported: 2006-12-04 09:14 UTC by Rich Coe
Modified: 2008-04-30 02:02 UTC (History)
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Description Rich Coe 2006-12-04 09:14:10 UTC
in Xserver/os/connection.c, the Xserver calls CheckConnections() to check
the validity of the client file descriptors.  Even though the select is
called with a timeout of zero, it is still possible for the the OS to return
EINTR.  When this happens, an active client connection is dropped from the

The LogWrite() is what I used to prove this is happening.  It can be removed.

N.B.: this patch includes the patch made for bug #7876.

--- xc/programs/Xserver/os/connection.c	2004-04-23 14:54:28.000000000 -0500
+++ xc/programs/Xserver/os/connection.c	2006-12-04 13:09:39.565957120 -0600
@@ -1056,8 +1056,11 @@ CheckConnections(void)
             FD_SET(curclient, &tmask);
             r = Select (curclient + 1, &tmask, NULL, NULL, &notime);
-            if (r < 0)
-		CloseDownClient(clients[ConnectionTranslation[curclient]]);
+	    if (r < 0 && GetConnectionTranslation(curclient) > 0)
+		LogWrite(1, "CheckConnections: close down client, errno %d\n", errno);
+		if ((EINTR != errno) && (EAGAIN != errno))
+		    CloseDownClient(clients[ConnectionTranslation[curclient]]);
+	    }
 	    mask &= ~((fd_mask)1 << curoff);
Comment 1 Daniel Stone 2007-02-27 01:35:00 UTC
Sorry about the phenomenal bug spam, guys.  Adding xorg-team@ to the QA contact so bugs don't get lost in future.
Comment 2 Rich Coe 2007-11-19 17:48:16 UTC
I reviewed the current git version of xorg/xserver/os/connection.c,
and see that this problem still exists.  
Any way to get this fix in to xorg ?
Comment 3 Daniel Stone 2007-12-05 11:42:27 UTC
Thanks, I've pushed the fix for both to master, but want to wait until it's been properly tested until I cherry pick into the 1.4 branch.  Thanks for the patch.  I made a small modification: I made select continue until we stop getting either EINTR or EAGAIN, so we can actually determine whether or not the connection's dead.  Also, I applied it to the win32 part.
Comment 4 Daniel Stone 2007-12-05 11:42:43 UTC
(Leaving open only for 1.4.1.  It's fixed in master, I think.)
Comment 5 Daniel Stone 2008-04-30 02:02:26 UTC
This has even been pushed into 1.4 branch.

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