[newlib-cygwin] Cygwin: Remove waitloop argument from try_to_debug()

Jon TURNEY jturney@sourceware.org
Sun Aug 30 15:27:56 GMT 2020


commit a30cd7a5b95675adf31b6092235b6c1f42c59520
Author: Jon Turney <jon.turney@dronecode.org.uk>
Date:   Thu Aug 27 16:12:47 2020 +0100

    Cygwin: Remove waitloop argument from try_to_debug()
    Currently, when using CYGWIN's error_start facility, the faulting
    process isn't stopped while the error_start process is started when the
    fault is caused by an exception. (it even seems possible in theory that
    the faulting process could have exited before the error_start process
    This leads to e.g. the core dump written by CYGWIN='error_start=dumper'
    in response to an exception being non-deterministic.
    Remove the waitloop argument from try_to_debug(), only used in the
    exception case, so the faulting process busy-waits until the error_start
    process attaches.
    Code archaeology to determine why the code is this way didn't really
    turn up any answers, but this seems a low-risk change, as this only
    changes the behaviour when:
     - a debugger isn't already attached
     - an error_start is specified in CYGWIN env var
     - an exception has occurred which will be translated to a signal
    If error_start invokes something which doesn't attach using
    DebugActiveProcess(), we will spin indefinitely, but that will also
    currently occur for any of the existing other uses of try_to_debug(),
    which default to waitloop=TRUE.

 winsup/cygwin/exceptions.cc | 14 ++++++++------
 winsup/cygwin/winsup.h      |  2 +-
 2 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/winsup/cygwin/exceptions.cc b/winsup/cygwin/exceptions.cc
index bb7704f94..c98b92d30 100644
--- a/winsup/cygwin/exceptions.cc
+++ b/winsup/cygwin/exceptions.cc
@@ -461,10 +461,8 @@ cygwin_stackdump ()
   exc.dumpstack ();
 extern "C" int
-try_to_debug (bool waitloop)
+try_to_debug ()
   if (!debugger_command)
     return 0;
@@ -532,13 +530,17 @@ try_to_debug (bool waitloop)
+  /* We want to stop here and wait until the error_start process attaches.  But
+     we can't wait here for the error_start process to exit, as if it's a
+     debugger, it might want to continue this thread.  So we busy wait until a
+     debugger attaches, which stops this process, after which it can decide if
+     we continue or not. */
   *dbg_end = L'\0';
   if (!dbg)
     system_printf ("Failed to start debugger, %E");
-      if (!waitloop)
-	return dbg;
       SetThreadPriority (GetCurrentThread (), THREAD_PRIORITY_IDLE);
       while (!being_debugged ())
 	Sleep (1);
@@ -812,7 +814,7 @@ exception::handle (EXCEPTION_RECORD *e, exception_list *frame, CONTEXT *in,
   if (exit_state >= ES_SIGNAL_EXIT
       && (NTSTATUS) e->ExceptionCode != STATUS_CONTROL_C_EXIT)
     api_fatal ("Exception during process exit");
-  else if (!try_to_debug (0))
+  else if (!try_to_debug ())
     rtl_unwind (frame, e);
diff --git a/winsup/cygwin/winsup.h b/winsup/cygwin/winsup.h
index 79844cb87..0ffd8c5af 100644
--- a/winsup/cygwin/winsup.h
+++ b/winsup/cygwin/winsup.h
@@ -190,7 +190,7 @@ void close_all_files (bool = false);
 /* debug_on_trap support. see exceptions.cc:try_to_debug() */
 extern "C" void error_start_init (const char*);
-extern "C" int try_to_debug (bool waitloop = 1);
+extern "C" int try_to_debug ();
 void ld_preload ();
 void fixup_hooks_after_fork ();

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