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Commit a6dba5cb authored by Rodrigo Damazio Bovendorp's avatar Rodrigo Damazio Bovendorp
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procutil: always waiting on child processes to prevent zombies with 'hg serve'

When runbgcommand is invoked by an extension with ensurestart=False, we never
called waitpid - which is fine in most cases, except if that's happening on a
command server (e.g. chg), in which case the child defunct process will just
sit there for as long as the server is running.

The actual semantics of SIGCHLD signal handling is a lot more complex than
it seems, and the POSIX standard *seems* to read that it's ignored by default
and everything would just work without the waitpid if we're not listening for
it, but the truth is that it's only ignored if we *explicitly* set it to
SIG_IGN. We further cannot set it to SIG_IGN or to a catch-all handler across
all of 'hg serve', because Python's suprocess.Popen relies on that signal,
and a few specific parts of hg also set custom handlers, so instead we wait
for specific PIDs in dedicated threads.

I did a poor-man's benchmark of the thread creation and it seems to take
about 1ms, which is way better than the 20+ms from ensurestart=True.

Differential Revision:

branch : stable
parent f727939f3513
......@@ -16,6 +16,7 @@ import os
import signal
import subprocess
import sys
import threading
import time
from ..i18n import _
......@@ -604,6 +605,14 @@ else:
pid = os.fork()
if pid:
if not ensurestart:
# Even though we're not waiting on the child process,
# we still must call waitpid() on it at some point so
# it's not a zombie/defunct. This is especially relevant for
# chg since the parent process won't die anytime soon.
# We use a thread to make the overhead tiny.
def _do_wait():
os.waitpid(pid, 0)
threading.Thread(target=_do_wait, daemon=True).start()
# Parent process
(_pid, status) = os.waitpid(pid, 0)
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