[Gc] Problem pthread_atfork

Manuel.Serrano at inria.fr Manuel.Serrano at inria.fr
Sun Mar 25 23:33:08 PST 2012

Hi Ivan,

I think we are facing a problem with the pthread_atfork support of the
collector. This week-end, we have found the following problem with
the latest Bigloo version that runs a patched version of the GC 7.3alpha1:

make[2]: Entering directory
/home/liew/Downloads/bigloo3.8a/bin/bigloo -c  -call/cc  -O3
-fcfa-arithmetic -q recette.scm -o recette.o
/home/liew/Downloads/bigloo3.8a/bin/bigloo  -O3 -fcfa-arithmetic -q
recette.o -o recette
/usr/bin/ld: recette: hidden symbol `pthread_atfork' in
/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libpthread_nonshared.a(pthread_atfork.oS) is
referenced by DSO
/usr/bin/ld: final link failed: Bad value
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[2]: *** [recette] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/liew/Downloads/bigloo3.8a/api/pthread/recette'
make[1]: *** [c-test] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/liew/Downloads/bigloo3.8a'
make: *** [test] Error 2

Bigloo does not use pthread_atfork directly. This function is only used
in the GC code, in the files pthread_support.c and win32_threads.c.

This issue clearly relates to the issues mentioned in the Blog found at:

However, contrary to what's stated in the Blog, the problem cannot be solved
by simply mentioning -lpthread after the object files. Bigloo actually
links with:

gcc recette.o  -o recette  -Wpointer-arith -Wswitch -Wtrigraphs -DBGL_BOOTCONFIG -O3  -Wpointer-arith -Wswitch -Wtrigraphs -DBGL_BOOTCONFIG -s  -L. -L/users/serrano/prgm/project/bigloo/lib/3.8a    -lbigloopthread_s-3.8a  -lbigloo_s-3.8a -lbigloogc_fth-3.8a -ldl -lm -lpcre -lgmp -ldl  -lbigloopthread_s-3.8a  -lpthread

Right now, I'm not able to reproduce that problem. Apparently, this is a
very recent problem. All the Linux boxes I have tried worked
correctly. Hence, it's difficult for me to understand what's really
going on and how to solve the problem. However, I imagine, this is
something that should be fixed in the collector.

It's not clear to me what would the consequences of disable the 
pthread_atfor support. Could you enlighten me? Do you think that it could
be a possible option to disable this support while we have not understood
how this problem should be fixed?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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