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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH v5 3/3] libvirtd: fix crash on termination

On Thu, Nov 02, 2017 at 10:49:35AM +0300, Nikolay Shirokovskiy wrote:

On 01.11.2017 21:51, John Ferlan wrote:

On 10/31/2017 02:54 AM, Nikolay Shirokovskiy wrote:

On 30.10.2017 19:21, Martin Kletzander wrote:
On Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 07:14:39AM -0400, John Ferlan wrote:
From: Nikolay Shirokovskiy <nshirokovskiy virtuozzo com>

The problem is incorrect order of qemu driver shutdown and shutdown
of netserver threads that serve client requests (thru qemu driver

Net server threads are shutdown upon dispose which is triggered
by last daemon object unref at the end of main function. At the same
time qemu driver is shutdown earlier in virStateCleanup. As a result
netserver threads see invalid driver object in the middle of request

Let's move shutting down netserver threads earlier to virNetDaemonClose.

Note: order of last daemon unref and virStateCleanup
is introduced in 85c3a182 for a valid reason.

I must say I don't believe that's true.  Reading it back, that patch is
wrong IMHO.  I haven't gone through all the details of it and I don't
remember them from when I rewrote part of it, but the way this should
be handled is different.

The way you can clearly identify such issues is when you see that one
thread determines the validity of data (pointer in this case).  This
must never happen.  That means that the pointer is used from more places
than how many references that object has.  However each of the pointers
for such object should have their own reference.

So the problem is probably somewhere else.

If I understand you correctly we can fix issue in 85c3a182 in
a differenct way. Like adding reference to daemon for every
driver that uses it for shutdown inhibition. It will require to
pass unref function to driver init function or a bit of wild casting
to virObjectPtr for unref. Not sure it is worth it in this case.

caveat: I'm still in a post KVM Forum travel brain fog...

Perhaps a bit more simple than that... Since the 'inhibitCallback' and
the 'inhibitOpaque' are essentially the mechanism that would pass/use
@dmn, then it'd be up to the inhibitCallback to add/remove the reference
with the *given* that the inhibitOpaque is a lockable object anyway...

Thus, virNetDaemonAddShutdownInhibition could use virObjectRef and
virNetDaemonRemoveShutdownInhibition could use virObjectUnref... The
"catch" is that for Shutdown the Unref would need to go after Unlock.

I believe that then would "replicate" the virObjectRef done in
daemonStateInit and the virObjectUnref done at the end of
daemonRunStateInit with respect to "some outside thread" being able to
use @dmn and not have it be Unref'd for the last time at any point in
time until the "consumer" was done with it.

Moving the Unref to after all the StateCleanup calls were done works
because it accomplishesd the same/similar task, but just held onto @dmn
longer because the original implementation didn't properly reference dmn
when it was being used for some other consumer/thread. Of course that
led to other problems which this series is addressing and I'm not clear
yet as to the impact vis-a-vis your StateShutdown series.

Ok, 85c3a182 can be rewritten this way. It is more staightforward to
ref/unref by consumer thread instead of relying on consumer structure
(in this case 85c3a182 relies upon the fact that after virStateCleanup
no hypervisor driver would use @dmn object).

That's what reference counting is for, each consumer should have its reference.

But we still have the issues address by this patch series and state
shutdown series because the order in which @dmn and other objects
will be disposed would be same for 85c3a182 and proposed 85c3a182

Let me summarize below, I hope I'll touch on all the points.  It's hard
to follow since I'm currently reading 3 or more threads at the same time :)

Signed-off-by: John Ferlan <jferlan redhat com>
src/rpc/virnetdaemon.c | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/src/rpc/virnetdaemon.c b/src/rpc/virnetdaemon.c
index 8c21414897..33bd8e3b06 100644
--- a/src/rpc/virnetdaemon.c
+++ b/src/rpc/virnetdaemon.c
@@ -881,6 +881,7 @@ virNetDaemonClose(virNetDaemonPtr dmn)

    virHashForEach(dmn->servers, daemonServerClose, NULL);
+    virHashRemoveAll(dmn->servers);

If I get this correctly, you are removing the servers so that their workers get
cleaned up, but that should be done in a separate step.  Most probably what
daemonServerClose should be doing.  This is a workaround, but not a proper fix.

Are you sure?  The daemonServerClose is the callback for virHashForEach
which means the table->iterating would be set thus preventing
daemonServerClose from performing a virHashRemoveEntry of the server
element from the list.

This just makes the window of opportunity (between daemonServerClose()
and the actual removal of the virNetServerPtr from the hash) smaller.
That's why I don't see it as a fix, rather as a workaround.

What I think should be done is the order of what's done with services,
servers, drivers, daemon, workers, etc.

I read the other threds and I think we're on the same note here, it's
just that there is lot of confusion and we're all approaching it

So first let's agree on what should be done when virNetDaemonClose() is
called and the loop in virNetDaemonRun() exits.  My opinion it is:

1) Stop accepting new calls and services:

2) Wait for all the workers to finish:
   First part of virThreadPoolFree()

3) Kill off clients:

4) Clean up drivers:

5) Clean up services, servers, daemon, etc.
   including the second part of virThreadPoolFree()

The last thing is what should be done in virNetDaemonDispose(), but
unfortunately we (mis)use it for more than that.  Numbers 1-4 should be,
IMO in virNet{Daemon,Server}Close().

Would this solve your problem?  I mean I'm not against more reference
counting, it should be done properly, but I think the above would do the
trick and also make sense from the naming point of view.

Since both the daemon and server will probably not ever be consistent
after calling the Close function, it might make sense to just include
virNetDaemonClose() into virNetDaemonDispose() and I'm not against that.
But the order of the steps should still be as described above IMO.

Let me know what you think.  And don't forget to have a nice day!


P.S.: The order of clean ups in libvirtd's main() is absolutely terrible and
     unreadable.  Also, even though I guess it goes without saying, if proper
     reference counting is in place, the order of virObjectUnref()s and
     VIR_FREE()s should not matter.  I think it chould be changed like this:

diff --git i/daemon/libvirtd.c w/daemon/libvirtd.c
index 589b32192e3d..3cc14ed20987 100644
--- i/daemon/libvirtd.c
+++ w/daemon/libvirtd.c
@@ -1500,14 +1500,15 @@ int main(int argc, char **argv) {

-    virObjectUnref(remoteProgram);
-    virObjectUnref(lxcProgram);
-    virObjectUnref(qemuProgram);
-    virObjectUnref(adminProgram);
-    virObjectUnref(srv);
-    virObjectUnref(srvAdm);
+    if (driversInitialized) {
+        driversInitialized = false;
+        virStateCleanup();
+    }
    if (statuswrite != -1) {
        if (ret != 0) {
            /* Tell parent of daemon what failed */
@@ -1521,6 +1522,14 @@ int main(int argc, char **argv) {
    if (pid_file_fd != -1)
        virPidFileReleasePath(pid_file, pid_file_fd);

+    virObjectUnref(remoteProgram);
+    virObjectUnref(lxcProgram);
+    virObjectUnref(qemuProgram);
+    virObjectUnref(adminProgram);
+    virObjectUnref(srv);
+    virObjectUnref(srvAdm);
+    virObjectUnref(dmn);
@@ -1530,13 +1539,5 @@ int main(int argc, char **argv) {


-    if (driversInitialized) {
-        driversInitialized = false;
-        virStateCleanup();
-    }
-    /* Now that the hypervisor shutdown inhibition functions that use
-     * 'dmn' as a parameter are done, we can finally unref 'dmn' */
-    virObjectUnref(dmn);
    return ret;

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