Subject: Re: Sempahore on NetBSD work or no ?
To: Jason R Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Maxwell <email@example.com>
Date: 01/27/2003 13:07:47
On Sun, Jan 26, 2003 at 10:15:50AM -0800, Jason R Thorpe wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 26, 2003 at 10:39:55AM -0000, Daniel Dias Gonçalves wrote:
> > I compiled freeradius 0.8.1 in NetBSD 1.6 but when I go run it
> > the following error:
> > # radiusd
> > Sun Jan 26 10:22:39 2003 : Info: Starting - reading
> > configuration files ...
> > /usr/local/lib/rlm_sql-0.8.1.so: Undefined PLT symbol "sem_init"
> > (reloc type = 7, symnum = 54)
> > #
> They're supported in NetBSD-current (1.6M and later), but not 1.6.
I asked Alan DeKok, primary maintainer of Freeradius:
Is sem_init needed - or only for sql backend support perhaps?
and he said to me:
They're used because they're simpler than pthread_mutex's. They can
(and should) be replaced with pthread_mutex calls.
So, if I understand correctly, Freeradius uses semaphores because
(a) it needs to implement thread-safe locking in signal handlers
(b) The semaphore API is significantly simpler than pthread_mutex
(c) The Linux pthreads (currently do, but) won't guarantee signal
delivery to the right thread.
I believe our pthreads does guarantee signal delivery to the right
thread (over and above the POSIX spec, which doesn't require that) - and
Alan says that if that's the case, he can #ifndef __NetBSD__ all of the
semaphore code in the Freeradius distribution.
I'll work with him to test that approach under 1.6 (where NetBSD pthreads
don't apply) and -current.
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