[LTP] [PATCH RFC] mtest06/mmap1: rewrite to newlib

Li Wang liwang@redhat.com
Sat Nov 24 05:36:50 CET 2018

On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 7:37 PM Jan Stancek <jstancek@redhat.com> wrote:
> >
> > My question is why not write 'b' to the mapped area? since the mapped
> > file is already initialized with full of 'a', if here we still use 'a'
> > how can we know it works or not when reading from a parallel thread?
> I think this is more for the purpose to dirty mapped memory.
> The check for 'a' doesn't check only write, it races against entire
> duration of mmap. Read and mmap can race in a way, where address will be
> already valid, but if you read from it before mmap completes you get 0.

Ok, I think I got your point.

> > And btw, without synchronization between these two threads, I doubt
> > that increases counter can guarantee a read perfectly between
> > map/unmap.
> Writing 'b' would be one more layer you need to care about, because
> not only you have to write between map and unmap, but you also need
> to make sure you read only that memory where you wrote 'b' previously.

I have a simple way to solve that additional layer issue, what we can
try is just go back to read again if the mapped area have not been
updated. It gives more chance to visit that memory area and doesn't
break anything in race condition. Maybe this is superfluous to verify
thread_A writes correctly, but it implements that thread_B reading
follow up with thread_A writing.

Something maybe like:
void *read_mem(LTP_ATTRIBUTE_UNUSED void *ptr)
    int i, j, ar_map, ar_unmap;
    unsigned char c;

    for (i = 0; i < num_iter; i++) {
        if (setjmp(jmpbuf) == 1)

        for (j = 0; j < file_size; j++) {
            br_map = tst_atomic_load(&mapcnt);
            br_unmap = tst_atomic_load(&unmapcnt);

            c = map_address[j];

            ar_unmap = tst_atomic_load(&unmapcnt);
            ar_map = tst_atomic_load(&mapcnt);

            if (was_area_mapped(br_map, br_unmap, ar_map, ar_unmap)) {
                    case 'a':
                        goto read_again;
                    case 'b':
                        tst_res(TFAIL, "value at offset %d is %c", j, c);

    return NULL;

> > Or, do we only care about the read process but not the
> > result? I'm not sure I have fully understood this method but got many
> > failures after replace to wrote 'b' in above functions:
> Here's a thread from last year with other ideas:
>   https://lists.linux.it/pipermail/ltp/2017-November/006323.html
> We could add mutexes, write/check 'b', but then read would never race
> with mmap/munmap - which by my understanding was the intention.

I think you are right, thread synchronization seems not satisfy for
this situation.

Li Wang

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