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Re: [Libguestfs] [libnbd PATCH] docs: Mention that nbd_close is not thread-safe



On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 09:41:01AM +0100, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
On Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 03:14:28PM -0500, Eric Blake wrote:
Closing the handle in one thread while another thread is locked causes
undefined behavior (as closing does not obtain a lock, and can cause
use-after-free or other nasty problems to the thread that does own the
lock).  However, it is not sensible to try and obtain a lock in
nbd_close, as POSIX says that it is also undefined for any other
thread to wait on a mutex that has already been destroyed.  Therefore,
we don't need to change our code, but merely remind users that
nbd_close is not safe until all other uses of the handle have ceased.
---

 generator/generator | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/generator/generator b/generator/generator
index 896ad2a..bdd8fd7 100755
--- a/generator/generator
+++ b/generator/generator
@@ -3532,7 +3532,8 @@ for how to get further details of the error.
 Closes the handle and frees any associated resources.  The final
 status of any command that has not been retired (whether by
 C<nbd_aio_command_completed> or by a low-level completion callback
-returning C<1>) is lost.
+returning C<1>) is lost.  This function is not safe to call while
+any other thread is still using any C<nbd_*> API on the same handle.

 =head1 GETTING THE LATEST ERROR MESSAGE IN THE THREAD

ACK.

Yes it's not safe to call nbd_close until all other uses of
the same handle from any other thread are over.


Would it be too much of a trouble to add reference counting and give users a way
to "copy" of the handle?  It wouldn't be a copy, but merely an increment on the
reference counter.  Or is it not worth doing that?

Rich.

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