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Parallel writes to a single FIFO do not queue, and deadlock cygwin

I was writing some code to experiment with parallel writes to a named
fifo, with a reader daemon constantly running in the background.  The
situation works fine as long as only a single writer executes at a
time.  However, with two or more writers running simultaneously, only
the first will execute, the second will execute but a deadlock will
begin, and the remaining writers will never execute.  Moreover, cygwin
seems to either lockup, or become deathly slow.  The only way to
recover seems to be to kill the processes using Windows (after which,
the FIFO sometimes deadlocks immediately upon its first use).

Here is code to exercise the problem.  It's a simplification of code
out of the Perl Cookbook section on named pipes..

I have tested, and it runs fine under Linux.  And yes, on Cygwin the
problem still occurs without the alarm code.

To launch, start the reader daemon.  Then, run the following (note the
& used to run the writers simultaneously):
   for x in `seq 10`; do (./ $x > logs/$x &); done

::::::::::::::: READER DAEMON ::::::::::::

use IO::File;

$SIG{ALRM} = sub {
                or warn $! ? "Error closing pipe: $!"  : "Exit status
$? from other side";
};   # move on to the next queued process

while (1) {
    alarm(0);                       # turn off alarm for blocking open
    open(FIFO, "< /path/to/named.pipe")
                or die "Can't open pip : $!\n";
    alarm(1);                       # you have 1 second to log

    $service = <FIFO>;
    next unless defined $service;   # interrupted or nothing logged
    print "GOT: [$service]\n";


::::::::::::::: WRITER CLIENTS  ::::::::::::


use POSIX qw(:errno_h);


open(FIFO, "> /path/to/named.pipe")         or die $!;

$status = print FIFO "Smoke this $ARGV[0].\n";
if (!$status && $! == EPIPE) { print "MY READER HAS FORSAKEN ME!\n"; exit(1); }

        or warn $! ? "Error closing pipe: $!"  : "Exit status $? from
other side";

Here is information on my Cygwin environment, which I'm running on XP
SP2 32-bit.

$ mkfifo --version
mkfifo (GNU coreutils) 5.3.0
Written by David MacKenzie.

$ uname -a
CYGWIN_NT-5.1 mark-piper 1.5.18(0.132/4/2) 2005-07-02 20:30 i686 unknown unknown

I realize that named pipe support is new in Cygwin, and look forward
to its maturity.  Thanks for all of your great work!  If there's any
other information needed, just let me know.

 -- Mark Piper

(NOTE:  I am not subscribed to the cygwin list, so please CC me on any

P.S.  Here is the full output from cygcheck

$ /bin/cygcheck.exe -s

Cygwin Configuration Diagnostics
Current System Time: Sun Dec 04 22:15:33 2005

Windows XP Professional Ver 5.1 Build 2600 Service Pack 2

Path:   C:\cygwin\usr\local\bin
        c:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel

Output from C:\cygwin\bin\id.exe (nontsec)
UID: 1003(Mark Piper) GID: 513(None)
0(root)               513(None)             544(Administrators)

Output from C:\cygwin\bin\id.exe (ntsec)
UID: 1003(Mark Piper) GID: 513(None)
0(root)               513(None)             544(Administrators)

SysDir: C:\WINDOWS\system32

USER = `Mark Piper'
PWD = `/home/Mark Piper/test/simple-fifo'
HOME = `/home/Mark Piper'
MAKE_MODE = `unix'

Use `-r' to scan registry

c:  hd  NTFS     90600Mb   7% CP CS UN PA FC
d:  cd  CDFS      4465Mb 100%    CS UN           Embryo

C:\cygwin      /          system  binmode
C:\cygwin/bin  /usr/bin   system  binmode
C:\cygwin/lib  /usr/lib   system  binmode
.              /cygdrive  system  binmode,cygdrive

Found: C:\cygwin\bin\awk.exe
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\cat.exe
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\cp.exe
Not Found: cpp (good!)
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\find.exe
Not Found: gcc
Not Found: gdb
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\grep.exe
Not Found: ld
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\ls.exe
Not Found: make
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\mv.exe
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\rm.exe
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\sed.exe
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\sh.exe
Found: C:\cygwin\bin\tar.exe

   56k 2005/07/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygbz2-1.dll
    7k 2005/11/20 C:\cygwin\bin\cygcharset-1.dll
    7k 2003/10/19 C:\cygwin\bin\cygcrypt-0.dll
  1108k 2005/10/17 C:\cygwin\bin\cygcrypto-0.9.7.dll
  1047k 2005/10/11 C:\cygwin\bin\cygcrypto-0.9.8.dll
  895k 2004/04/28 C:\cygwin\bin\cygdb-4.2.dll
  965k 2005/05/14 C:\cygwin\bin\cygdb-4.3.dll
  1156k 2004/04/28 C:\cygwin\bin\cygdb_cxx-4.2.dll
  1240k 2005/05/14 C:\cygwin\bin\cygdb_cxx-4.3.dll
  174k 2004/10/14 C:\cygwin\bin\cygexpat-0.dll
   40k 2005/09/29 C:\cygwin\bin\cygform-8.dll
   45k 2001/04/25 C:\cygwin\bin\cygform5.dll
   35k 2002/01/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygform6.dll
   48k 2003/08/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygform7.dll
   28k 2003/07/20 C:\cygwin\bin\cyggdbm-3.dll
   30k 2003/08/11 C:\cygwin\bin\cyggdbm-4.dll
   19k 2003/03/22 C:\cygwin\bin\cyggdbm.dll
   15k 2003/07/20 C:\cygwin\bin\cyggdbm_compat-3.dll
   15k 2003/08/11 C:\cygwin\bin\cyggdbm_compat-4.dll
   17k 2001/06/28 C:\cygwin\bin\cyghistory4.dll
   29k 2003/08/10 C:\cygwin\bin\cyghistory5.dll
   24k 2005/07/29 C:\cygwin\bin\cyghistory6.dll
  947k 2005/11/20 C:\cygwin\bin\cygiconv-2.dll
   22k 2001/12/13 C:\cygwin\bin\cygintl-1.dll
   37k 2003/08/10 C:\cygwin\bin\cygintl-2.dll
   31k 2005/11/20 C:\cygwin\bin\cygintl-3.dll
   21k 2001/06/20 C:\cygwin\bin\cygintl.dll
   21k 2005/09/29 C:\cygwin\bin\cygmenu-8.dll
   26k 2001/04/25 C:\cygwin\bin\cygmenu5.dll
   20k 2002/01/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygmenu6.dll
   29k 2003/08/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygmenu7.dll
   21k 2004/10/22 C:\cygwin\bin\cygminires.dll
   67k 2005/09/29 C:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses++-8.dll
  156k 2001/04/25 C:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses++5.dll
  175k 2002/01/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses++6.dll
  226k 2005/09/29 C:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses-8.dll
  226k 2001/04/25 C:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses5.dll
  202k 2002/01/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses6.dll
  224k 2003/08/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses7.dll
   11k 2005/09/29 C:\cygwin\bin\cygpanel-8.dll
   15k 2001/04/25 C:\cygwin\bin\cygpanel5.dll
   12k 2002/01/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygpanel6.dll
   19k 2003/08/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygpanel7.dll
  176k 2005/09/06 C:\cygwin\bin\cygpcre-0.dll
  299k 2005/09/06 C:\cygwin\bin\cygpcrecpp-0.dll
    6k 2005/09/06 C:\cygwin\bin\cygpcreposix-0.dll
  1248k 2005/08/22 C:\cygwin\bin\cygperl5_8.dll
   22k 2002/06/09 C:\cygwin\bin\cygpopt-0.dll
  108k 2001/06/28 C:\cygwin\bin\cygreadline4.dll
  148k 2003/08/10 C:\cygwin\bin\cygreadline5.dll
  144k 2005/07/29 C:\cygwin\bin\cygreadline6.dll
  231k 2005/10/17 C:\cygwin\bin\cygssl-0.9.7.dll
  215k 2005/10/11 C:\cygwin\bin\cygssl-0.9.8.dll
   65k 2005/08/23 C:\cygwin\bin\cygz.dll
  1265k 2005/07/03 C:\cygwin\bin\cygwin1.dll
    Cygwin DLL version info:
        DLL version: 1.5.18
        DLL epoch: 19
        DLL bad signal mask: 19005
        DLL old termios: 5
        DLL malloc env: 28
        API major: 0
        API minor: 132
        Shared data: 4
        DLL identifier: cygwin1
        Mount /usr/bin/cygrunsrv: Exactly one of --install, --remove,
--start, --stop, --query, or --list is required
Try `/usr/bin/cygrunsrv --help' for more information.
registry: 2
        Cygnus registry name: Cygnus Solutions
        Cygwin registry name: Cygwin
        Program options name: Program Options
        Cygwin mount registry name: mounts v2
        Cygdrive flags: cygdrive flags
        Cygdrive prefix: cygdrive prefix
        Cygdrive default prefix:
        Build date: Sat Jul 2 20:30:04 EDT 2005
        Shared id: cygwin1S4

Service             : sshd
Display name        : CYGWIN sshd
Current State       : Running
Controls Accepted   : Stop
Command             : /usr/sbin/sshd -D

Cygwin Package Information
Package              Version
_update-info-dir     00333-1
alternatives         1.3.20a-2
ash                  20040127-3
base-files           3.6-1
base-passwd          2.2-1
bash                 3.0-11
bzip2                1.0.3-1
coreutils            5.3.0-9
crypt                1.1-1
cygrunsrv            1.12-1
cygutils             1.2.9-1
cygwin               1.5.18-1
cygwin-doc           1.4-3
diffutils            2.8.7-1
editrights           1.01-1
expat                1.95.8-1
findutils            4.2.25-2
gawk                 3.1.5-2
gdbm                 1.8.3-7
grep                 2.5.1a-2
groff                1.18.1-2
gzip                 1.3.5-1
less                 381-1
libbz2_1             1.0.3-1
libcharset1          1.9.2-2
libdb4.2             4.2.52-1
libdb4.3             4.3.28-1
libgdbm              1.8.0-5
libgdbm-devel        1.8.3-7
libgdbm3             1.8.3-3
libgdbm4             1.8.3-7
libiconv             1.9.2-2
libiconv2            1.9.2-2
libintl              0.10.38-3
libintl1             0.10.40-1
libintl2             0.12.1-3
libintl3             0.14.5-1
libncurses5          5.2-1
libncurses6          5.2-8
libncurses7          5.3-4
libncurses8          5.4-4
libpcre0             6.3-1
libpopt0             1.6.4-4
libreadline4         4.1-2
libreadline5         4.3-5
libreadline6         5.0-4
login                1.9-7
man                  1.5p-1
minires              1.00-1
mktemp               1.5-3
ncurses              5.4-4
openssh              4.2p1-1
openssl              0.9.8a-1
openssl097           0.9.7i-1
perl                 5.8.7-4
perl_manpages        5.8.7-4
procps               3.2.5-1
psmisc               21.5-1
run                  1.1.6-1
sed                  4.1.4-1
tar                  1.15.1-2
termcap              20050421-1
terminfo             5.4_20041009-1
texinfo              4.8-1
which                1.7-1
zlib                 1.2.3-1
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