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From: Max Neunhoeffer <>
Subject: epoll_wait misses edge-triggered eventfd events: bug in Linux 5.3 and 5.4
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 14:57:30 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20200131135730.ezwtgxddjpuczpwy@tux> (raw)

Dear All,

I believe I have found a bug in Linux 5.3 and 5.4 in epoll_wait/epoll_ctl
when an eventfd together with edge-triggered or the EPOLLONESHOT policy
is used. If an epoll_ctl call to rearm the eventfd happens approximately
at the same time as the epoll_wait goes to sleep, the event can be lost, 
even though proper protection through a mutex is employed.

The details together with two programs showing the problem can be found

Older kernels seem not to have this problem, although I did not test all
versions. I know that 4.15 and 5.0 do not show the problem.

Note that this method of using epoll_wait/eventfd is used by
boost::asio to wake up event loops in case a new completion handler
is posted to an io_service, so this is probably relevant for many

Any help with this would be appreciated.


             reply	other threads:[~2020-01-31 13:58 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-01-31 13:57 Max Neunhoeffer [this message]
2020-02-01 20:16 ` Jakub Kicinski
2020-02-03 15:15   ` Max Neunhoeffer
2020-02-03 16:48     ` Jakub Kicinski
2020-02-03 17:33     ` Roman Penyaev
2020-02-03 21:03       ` Max Neunhöffer
2020-02-04 10:35         ` Roman Penyaev

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