mcron randomly stops running jobs

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Robert Vollmert wrote on 30 Aug 2019 19:31
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This is the third time I’ve seen this, and this time I’m
sure that nothing else happened.

I have numerous mcron jobs configured, many of which run every 15 minutes,
and one which runs once a minute. Just now, at 19:22, I noticed the minutely
cron job didn’t seem to run, and saw that one every-15-minute job which always
logs to mcron.log had last run at 18:00. I restarted mcron, and jobs started
running again. There is no timezone confusion either: That every-15-minute job
logged its first run at 19:30.
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Ludovic Courtès wrote on 21 Feb 2020 21:19
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Ludovic Courtès wrote on 23 Feb 2020 19:30
Re: bug#37237: mcron randomly stops running jobs
(name . Robert Vollmert)(address . rob@vllmrt.net)(address . 37237@debbugs.gnu.org)
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Hi,

Robert Vollmert <rob@vllmrt.net> skribis:

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> I have numerous mcron jobs configured, many of which run every 15 minutes,
> and one which runs once a minute. Just now, at 19:22, I noticed the minutely
> cron job didn’t seem to run, and saw that one every-15-minute job which always
> logs to mcron.log had last run at 18:00. I restarted mcron, and jobs started
> running again. There is no timezone confusion either: That every-15-minute job
> logged its first run at 19:30.

I’ve been bitten by this problem several times already. I suspect the
patch at
helps with zombies that mcron tends to leave behind, but I’m not sure it
helps with this “stops running jobs” problem (I’d need to grab a C stack
trace of mcron when that happens.)

Anyway, let’s get this fixed!

Ludo’.
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Ludovic Courtès wrote on 18 Mar 2020 12:10
(name . Robert Vollmert)(address . rob@vllmrt.net)(address . 37237-done@debbugs.gnu.org)
878sjxapgc.fsf@gnu.org
Hi,

Robert Vollmert <rob@vllmrt.net> skribis:

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> I have numerous mcron jobs configured, many of which run every 15 minutes,
> and one which runs once a minute. Just now, at 19:22, I noticed the minutely
> cron job didn’t seem to run, and saw that one every-15-minute job which always
> logs to mcron.log had last run at 18:00. I restarted mcron, and jobs started
> running again. There is no timezone confusion either: That every-15-minute job
> logged its first run at 19:30.

When mcron is stuck, it’s apparently stuck in ‘pthread_join’, waiting
for the finalization thread to terminate:

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(gdb) bt
#0 0x00007f7f730d8478 in __GI___pthread_timedjoin_ex (threadid=140185229293312, thread_return=thread_return@entry=0x0, abstime=abstime@entry=0x0,
block=block@entry=true) at pthread_join_common.c:84
#1 0x00007f7f730d82dc in __pthread_join (threadid=<optimized out>, thread_return=thread_return@entry=0x0) at pthread_join.c:24
#2 0x00007f7f731d7508 in stop_finalization_thread () at finalizers.c:265
#3 0x00007f7f731d7729 in scm_i_finalizer_pre_fork () at finalizers.c:290
#4 0x00007f7f73250426 in scm_fork () at posix.c:1220
#5 0x00007f7f7324979f in vm_regular_engine (thread=0x7f7f6acb79d0, vp=0x7f7f6b299f30, registers=0xafaf, resume=1930265720) at vm-engine.c:786
#6 0x00007f7f7324bfd7 in scm_call_n (proc=#<program 7f7f6aeaf5d0>, argv=argv@entry=0x7ffd9b10bed8, nargs=nargs@entry=1) at vm.c:1260
#7 0x00007f7f731cdf58 in scm_call_1 (proc=<optimized out>, arg1=<optimized out>) at eval.c:485
#8 0x000000000040130c in inner_main ()
#9 0x00007f7f731e5cfd in invoke_main_func (body_data=0x7ffd9b10c3b0) at init.c:341
#10 0x00007f7f731c835a in c_body (d=0x7ffd9b10c2f0) at continuations.c:422
#11 0x00007f7f7324979f in vm_regular_engine (thread=0x7f7f6acb79d0, vp=0x7f7f6b299f30, registers=0xafaf, resume=1930265720) at vm-engine.c:786
#12 0x00007f7f7324bfd7 in scm_call_n (proc=proc@entry=#<smob catch-closure 7f7f6b2a1460>, argv=argv@entry=0x0, nargs=nargs@entry=0) at vm.c:1260
#13 0x00007f7f731cdf39 in scm_call_0 (proc=proc@entry=#<smob catch-closure 7f7f6b2a1460>) at eval.c:479
#14 0x00007f7f7323ac12 in catch (tag=tag@entry=#t, thunk=#<smob catch-closure 7f7f6b2a1460>,
handler=<error reading variable: ERROR: Cannot access memory at address 0x73776b3469667269>0x7f7f6b2a1420,
pre_unwind_handler=<error reading variable: ERROR: Cannot access memory at address 0x73776b3469667269>0x7f7f6b2a1400) at throw.c:137
#15 0x00007f7f7323aef5 in scm_catch_with_pre_unwind_handler (key=key@entry=#t, thunk=<optimized out>, handler=<optimized out>, pre_unwind_handler=<optimized out>)
at throw.c:254
#16 0x00007f7f7323b0bf in scm_c_catch (tag=tag@entry=#t, body=body@entry=0x7f7f731c8350 <c_body>, body_data=body_data@entry=0x7ffd9b10c2f0,
handler=handler@entry=0x7f7f731c85e0 <c_handler>, handler_data=handler_data@entry=0x7ffd9b10c2f0,
pre_unwind_handler=pre_unwind_handler@entry=0x7f7f731c8440 <pre_unwind_handler>, pre_unwind_handler_data=0x7f7f6b2939a0) at throw.c:377
#17 0x00007f7f731c8940 in scm_i_with_continuation_barrier (body=body@entry=0x7f7f731c8350 <c_body>, body_data=body_data@entry=0x7ffd9b10c2f0,
handler=handler@entry=0x7f7f731c85e0 <c_handler>, handler_data=handler_data@entry=0x7ffd9b10c2f0,
pre_unwind_handler=pre_unwind_handler@entry=0x7f7f731c8440 <pre_unwind_handler>, pre_unwind_handler_data=0x7f7f6b2939a0) at continuations.c:360
#18 0x00007f7f731c89d5 in scm_c_with_continuation_barrier (func=<optimized out>, data=<optimized out>) at continuations.c:456
#19 0x00007f7f7323984c in with_guile (base=base@entry=0x7ffd9b10c358, data=data@entry=0x7ffd9b10c380) at threads.c:661
#20 0x00007f7f73127a68 in GC_call_with_stack_base (fn=fn@entry=0x7f7f73239800 <with_guile>, arg=arg@entry=0x7ffd9b10c380) at misc.c:1941
#21 0x00007f7f73239b68 in scm_i_with_guile (dynamic_state=<optimized out>, data=data@entry=0x7ffd9b10c380, func=func@entry=0x7f7f731e5ce0 <invoke_main_func>)
at threads.c:704
#22 scm_with_guile (func=func@entry=0x7f7f731e5ce0 <invoke_main_func>, data=data@entry=0x7ffd9b10c3b0) at threads.c:710
#23 0x00007f7f731e5e92 in scm_boot_guile (argc=12, argv=0x7ffd9b10c4f8, main_func=0x4012a0 <inner_main>, closure=0x0) at init.c:324
#24 0x000000000040118b in main ()

The finalization thread lives its life as if it hadn’t received the
“stop” message in its pipe:

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(gdb) thread 17
[Switching to thread 17 (Thread 0x7f7f6acb7700 (LWP 44975))]
#0 0x00007f7f730e0344 in __libc_read (fd=5, buf=buf@entry=0x7f7f6acb6a40, nbytes=nbytes@entry=1) at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/read.c:26
26 ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/read.c: No such file or directory.
(gdb) bt
#0 0x00007f7f730e0344 in __libc_read (fd=5, buf=buf@entry=0x7f7f6acb6a40, nbytes=nbytes@entry=1) at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/read.c:26
#1 0x00007f7f731d7497 in read_finalization_pipe_data (data=0x7f7f6acb6a40) at finalizers.c:199
#2 0x00007f7f7312d503 in GC_do_blocking_inner (data=0x7f7f6acb6a00 "\200t\035s\177\177", context=<optimized out>) at pthread_support.c:1362
#3 0x00007f7f73121d62 in GC_with_callee_saves_pushed (fn=0x7f7f7312d4c0 <GC_do_blocking_inner>, arg=arg@entry=0x7f7f6acb6a00 "\200t\035s\177\177") at mach_dep.c:328
#4 0x00007f7f73127a9c in GC_do_blocking (fn=fn@entry=0x7f7f731d7480 <read_finalization_pipe_data>, client_data=client_data@entry=0x7f7f6acb6a40) at misc.c:2053
#5 0x00007f7f73239bba in scm_without_guile (func=0x7f7f731d7480 <read_finalization_pipe_data>, data=0x7f7f6acb6a40) at threads.c:722
#6 0x00007f7f731d784b in finalization_thread_proc (unused=<optimized out>) at finalizers.c:212
#7 0x00007f7f731c835a in c_body (d=0x7f7f6acb6e50) at continuations.c:422
#8 0x00007f7f7324979f in vm_regular_engine (thread=0x5, vp=0x7f7f6b299ea0, registers=0x1, resume=1930298180) at vm-engine.c:786
#9 0x00007f7f7324bfd7 in scm_call_n (proc=proc@entry=#<smob catch-closure 7f7f6b22fb80>, argv=argv@entry=0x0, nargs=nargs@entry=0) at vm.c:1260
#10 0x00007f7f731cdf39 in scm_call_0 (proc=proc@entry=#<smob catch-closure 7f7f6b22fb80>) at eval.c:479
#11 0x00007f7f7323ac12 in catch (tag=tag@entry=#t, thunk=#<smob catch-closure 7f7f6b22fb80>,
handler=<error reading variable: ERROR: Cannot access memory at address 0x73776b3469667269>0x7f7f6b22f740,
pre_unwind_handler=<error reading variable: ERROR: Cannot access memory at address 0x73776b3469667269>0x7f7f6b22f720) at throw.c:137
#12 0x00007f7f7323aef5 in scm_catch_with_pre_unwind_handler (key=key@entry=#t, thunk=<optimized out>, handler=<optimized out>, pre_unwind_handler=<optimized out>)
at throw.c:254
#13 0x00007f7f7323b0bf in scm_c_catch (tag=tag@entry=#t, body=body@entry=0x7f7f731c8350 <c_body>, body_data=body_data@entry=0x7f7f6acb6e50,
handler=handler@entry=0x7f7f731c85e0 <c_handler>, handler_data=handler_data@entry=0x7f7f6acb6e50,
pre_unwind_handler=pre_unwind_handler@entry=0x7f7f731c8440 <pre_unwind_handler>, pre_unwind_handler_data=0x7f7f6b2939a0) at throw.c:377
#14 0x00007f7f731c8940 in scm_i_with_continuation_barrier (body=body@entry=0x7f7f731c8350 <c_body>, body_data=body_data@entry=0x7f7f6acb6e50,
handler=handler@entry=0x7f7f731c85e0 <c_handler>, handler_data=handler_data@entry=0x7f7f6acb6e50,
pre_unwind_handler=pre_unwind_handler@entry=0x7f7f731c8440 <pre_unwind_handler>, pre_unwind_handler_data=0x7f7f6b2939a0) at continuations.c:360
#15 0x00007f7f731c89d5 in scm_c_with_continuation_barrier (func=<optimized out>, data=<optimized out>) at continuations.c:456
#16 0x00007f7f7323984c in with_guile (base=base@entry=0x7f7f6acb6eb8, data=data@entry=0x7f7f6acb6ee0) at threads.c:661
#17 0x00007f7f73127a68 in GC_call_with_stack_base (fn=fn@entry=0x7f7f73239800 <with_guile>, arg=arg@entry=0x7f7f6acb6ee0) at misc.c:1941
#18 0x00007f7f73239b68 in scm_i_with_guile (dynamic_state=<optimized out>, data=<optimized out>, func=<optimized out>) at threads.c:704
#19 scm_with_guile (func=<optimized out>, data=<optimized out>) at threads.c:710
#20 0x00007f7f730d7015 in start_thread (arg=0x7f7f6acb7700) at pthread_create.c:486
#21 0x00007f7f7300891f in clone () at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/x86_64/clone.S:95

This is on 2.2.6 and very likely the same issue as
https://bugs.gnu.org/37757: ‘finalization_thread_proc’ gets EINTR, by
chance ‘data.byte’ is zero, and so it keeps going instead of exiting.

Commit e002332b8a136638c2a4fc1a2f2a26541ce0211d moves mcron to 2.2.7,
which should fix this problem. \o/

Ludo’.
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