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Entry  20 Feb 2019, Konstantin Olchanski, Info, odb needs protection against ctrl-c 
    Reply  20 Feb 2019, Stefan Ritt, Info, odb needs protection against ctrl-c 
       Reply  20 Feb 2019, Konstantin Olchanski, Info, odb needs protection against ctrl-c 
          Reply  20 Feb 2019, Stefan Ritt, Info, odb needs protection against ctrl-c 
    Reply  20 Feb 2019, Konstantin Olchanski, Info, odb needs protection against ctrl-c 
Message ID: 1449     Entry time: 20 Feb 2019     In reply to: 1448     Reply to this: 1451
Author: Stefan Ritt 
Topic: Info 
Subject: odb needs protection against ctrl-c 
Not sure if you realized, but there is a two-stage Ctrl-C handling inside midas. The first time you hit ctrl-c, the handler just sets a flag for the main event loop, so that the program can gracefully exit without trouble. This is 
done inside cm_ctrlc_handler(), which sets _ctrlc_pressed true if called. Then cm_yield() tests this flag and returns RPC_SHUTDOWN if so. I agree not very obvious, maybe we should return a more appropriate status. So the 
main loop must check the return status of cm_yield() and break if it's RPC_SHUTDOWN. The frontend framework mfe.c does this for example in

 while (status != RPC_SHUTDOWN && status != SS_ABORT);

Any use-written program should do the same (well, probably this is nowhere documented).

Now when the program does not exit (e.g. if it's in an infinite loop), then the second ctrl-c creates a hard abort and terminates the program non-gracefully, which as you noticed can lead to undesired results. All the 
semaphores (at least when I implemented it) had a SEM_UNDO flag when obtaining ownership. This means that if the semaphore is locked and the process who owns it terminates (even with a hard kill), then the semaphore 
is released by the OS. This way a crashed program cannot keep the ODB locked for example. Not sure that with all your modifications in the semaphore calls this functionality is still guaranteed.


> Even with the cm_watchdog signal removed, some trouble from UNIX signals remains.
> This time, when one presses Ctrl-C at the wrong time, the Ctrl-C signal handler will run at the wrong time
> and strange things will happen (including odb corruption).
> In the captured stack trace, I pressed Ctrl-C right when odbedit was inside db_lock_database(). I had to make special
> arrangements to make it happen, but I have seen it happen in normal use when running experiments.
> K.O.
> (lldb) bt
> * thread #1, queue = '', stop reason = signal SIGABRT
>   * frame #0: 0x00007fff6c2ceb66 libsystem_kernel.dylib`__pthread_kill + 10
>     frame #1: 0x00007fff6c499080 libsystem_pthread.dylib`pthread_kill + 333
>     frame #2: 0x00007fff6c22a1ae libsystem_c.dylib`abort + 127
>     frame #3: 0x00000001057ccf95 odbedit`db_lock_database(hDB=<unavailable>) at odb.c:2048 [opt]
>     frame #4: 0x00000001057aed9d odbedit`cm_delete_client_info(hDB=1, pid=46856) at midas.c:1702 [opt]
>     frame #5: 0x00000001057b08fe odbedit`cm_disconnect_experiment at midas.c:2704 [opt]
>     frame #6: 0x00000001057a8231 odbedit`ctrlc_odbedit(i=<unavailable>) at odbedit.cxx:2863 [opt]
>     frame #7: 0x00007fff6c48cf5a libsystem_platform.dylib`_sigtramp + 26
>     frame #8: 0x00007fff6c2ced83 libsystem_kernel.dylib`__semwait_signal + 11
>     frame #9: 0x00007fff6c249724 libsystem_c.dylib`nanosleep + 199
>     frame #10: 0x00007fff6c249586 libsystem_c.dylib`sleep + 41
>     frame #11: 0x00000001057cce6b odbedit`db_lock_database(hDB=<unavailable>) at odb.c:2057 [opt]
>     frame #12: 0x00000001057e129a odbedit`db_get_record_size(hDB=1, hKey=141848, align=8, buf_size=0x00007ffeea44c14c) at odb.c:10232 [opt]
>     frame #13: 0x00000001057e1b58 odbedit`db_get_record1(hDB=1, hKey=141848, data=0x00007ffeea44c320, buf_size=0x00007ffeea44c2a8, align=0, rec_str="[.]\nWrite system message = BOOL : 
> y\nWrite Elog message = BOOL : n\nSystem message interval = INT : 60\nSystem message last = DWORD : 0\nExecute command = STRING : [256] \nExecute interval = INT : 0\nExecute last = DWORD : 
> 0\nStop run = BOOL : n\nDisplay BGColor = STRING : [32] red\nDisplay FGColor = STRING : [32] black\n\n") at odb.c:10390 [opt]
>     frame #14: 0x00000001057f1de3 odbedit`al_trigger_class(alarm_class="Warning", alarm_message="This is an example alarm", first=YES) at alarm.c:389 [opt]
>     frame #15: 0x00000001057f19e8 odbedit`al_trigger_alarm(alarm_name="Example alarm", alarm_message="This is an example alarm", default_class="Warning", cond_str="", type=<unavailable>) at 
> alarm.c:310 [opt]
>     frame #16: 0x00000001057f2c4e odbedit`al_check at alarm.c:655 [opt]
>     frame #17: 0x00000001057b9f88 odbedit`cm_periodic_tasks at midas.c:5066 [opt]
>     frame #18: 0x00000001057ba26d odbedit`cm_yield(millisec=100) at midas.c:5137 [opt]
>     frame #19: 0x00000001057a30b8 odbedit`cmd_idle() at odbedit.cxx:1238 [opt]
>     frame #20: 0x00000001057a92df odbedit`cmd_edit(prompt="[local:javascript1:S]/>", cmd=<unavailable>, dir=(odbedit`cmd_dir(char*, int*) at odbedit.cxx:705), idle=(odbedit`cmd_idle() at 
> odbedit.cxx:1233))(char*, int*), int (*)()) at cmdedit.cxx:235 [opt]
>     frame #21: 0x00000001057a3863 odbedit`command_loop(host_name="", exp_name="javascript1", cmd="", start_dir=<unavailable>) at odbedit.cxx:1435 [opt]
>     frame #22: 0x00000001057a8664 odbedit`main(argc=1, argv=<unavailable>) at odbedit.cxx:2997 [opt]
>     frame #23: 0x00007fff6c17e015 libdyld.dylib`start + 1
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