Re: FCD/Alsa bug (Re: Bug hunting)

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From: “Christian G.” [email protected]
To: “Dimitri Stolnikov” [email protected]
Cc: [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] FCD/Alsa bug (Re: Bug hunting)
Date: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 9:02 am

Cross posting to discuss-gnuradio.

The bug in question is that if you instanciate an alsa source on a busy
device (opened by another app), then the program crashed.

On 08/08/12 00:23, Dimitri Stolnikov wrote:

Hi Christian,

The other problem (segfault on trow in ctor) still has to be addressed.

Yes, I started to investigate, and it seems to me that this is not a
gr-osmosdr bug, but it’s a gnuradio one, caused by gr-fcd.

This simple test program have the same problem, yet it only uses gr-fcd.

#include <fcd_source_c.h>
int main(int argc, char **argv)
fcd_source_c_sptr fsrc;
try {
fsrc = fcd_make_source_c(“hw:2”); // KO, from gr-fcd
catch (std::runtime_error &e) {
std::cerr << “Error!\n”;

g++ -o test -I/usr/local/include/gnuradio -lgnuradio-fcd

Here is the log:
audio_alsa_source[hw:2]: Device or resource busy
*** glibc detected *** /home/cgagneraud/sdr/gr-osmosdr/test: free():
invalid pointer: 0x08052e3c ***

And here is a cleaned up backtrace:
operator delete
const, boost::shared_ptr<gr_basic_block> > > >::~map

The problem is related to
gnuradio-core/src/lib/runtime/gr_sptr_magic.{h,cc} and the static
std::map in there.

gr_hier_block2 ctor insert “this” in this map, but then in fcd_source
ctor, audio_alsa_source ctor throws an exception, so “this”
(gr_hier_block2/fcd_source) is not a valid pointer anymore.
When the program exits, the map get cleanup up and free is called on
this pointer.

It’s not possible to cleanup the map in fcd_source, because the dtor is
not called when exception occurs in the ctor (which, btw, leads to some
memory leaks in alsa_source: namely d_hw_params and d_sw_params).
It’s a bad idea to call fetch_initial_sptr(this) before throwing in the
ctor, because it seems the object get deleted.