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Date:      Fri, 19 Jul 2013 01:55:46 -0400 (EDT)
From:      Daniel Eischen <>
To:        Joe Marcus Clarke <>
Cc:        Koop Mast <>,
Subject:   Re: Mutexes and error checking
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On Thu, 18 Jul 2013, Daniel Eischen wrote:

> On Thu, 18 Jul 2013, Daniel Eischen wrote:
>> On Thu, 18 Jul 2013, Joe Marcus Clarke wrote:
>>> On 7/18/13 11:09 AM, Daniel Eischen wrote:
>>>> On Wed, 17 Jul 2013, Joe Marcus Clarke wrote:
>>>>> It seems we might have a discrepancy between the way our pthread
>>>>> implementation works compared to Linux.  If a mutex is set to NORMAL
>>>>> type and one goes to unlock it, EPERM is returned unless the current
>>>>> thread is the mutex owner.  While this sounds perfectly sane, it appears
>>>>> Linux only returns EPERM if the mutex type is ERRORCHECK.
>>>>> We are seeing some problems in ported code because of this.  As a
>>>>> suggestion, if people agree, would it be possible to emulate the
>>>>> behavior of Linux and only return EPERM if the mutex is of type
>>>> First, any software that does that is broken.
>>>> Second, the POSIX spec seems to imply that an error is returned
>>>> when a different thread tries to unlock an already locked mutex:
>>>> Is the mutex robust or not robust?  If not robust
>>>> cannot be unlocked by any other thread than the owner.
>>>> So, it would seem to be wrong to _not_ return an
>>>> error when the mutex is not unlocked after
>>>> pthread_mutex_unlock() returns.
>>> Don't get me wrong, I agree with you.  This behavior should result in
>>> EPERM.  However, my comment was more on the portability side to maintain
>>> parity with Linux in order to support the 3rd party code people wanting
>>> to run on FreeBSD.  We can workaround it in some cases, but I was
>>> floating up to you guys to perhaps create a broader workaround.
>> If it is not a robust mutex, the behavior _is_ undefined, so I
>> think Linux is allowed to return 0 (no error), just as FreeBSD
>> is allowed to return an error.  I will check Solaris 10 later
>> to see what it does.
> I tried Solaris 10.  For an already locked PTHREAD_MUTEX_NORMAL
> mutex:

Ugh!  I misread the problem when I tried to recreate it and
test it on Solaris, so forget that last email.

It seems Solaris behaves like Linux with PTHREAD_MUTEX_NORMAL
and _unlocking_ mutexes owned by other threads (dead or not).

Test program was updated:


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