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kern/47142: usbhidctl vs. SDL et al.

>Number:         47142
>Category:       kern
>Synopsis:       usbhidctl vs. SDL et al.
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    kern-bug-people
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Oct 30 17:05:00 +0000 2012
>Originator:     Thomas Klausner
>Release:        NetBSD 6.99.14
Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that 
curiosity killed the cat, I say only that the cat died nobly.
- Arnold Edinborough
System: NetBSD 6.99.14 NetBSD 6.99.14 (YT) #27: Sat Oct 20 15:01:54 
CEST 2012 amd64
Architecture: x86_64
Machine: amd64
Programs using SDL and some others would hang during startup.
I've tracked it down to the reason that usbhidctl is started together with
my X session (.xinitrc). If that is still running, SDL hangs when trying
to access /dev/uhid0. Such a program can't even be killed with -9.

When I kill usbhidctl first, SDL-using programs start fine.

When I kill usbhidctl after starting an SDL-using programs (which hangs
trying to access /dev/uhid0), I get a kernel panic.
I don't see the panic, since I'm in X, but in the next boot's log I see
Oct 16 21:28:41 yt savecore: reboot after panic: 836 1835 1834 1833 1832 1831 
1830 1829 1828 1827 1826 1825 1824 1823 1822 1821 1820 1819 1818 1817 1816 1815

-rw-------   1 root  wheel  8292230744 Oct 16 21:35 netbsd.2.core.gz
-rw-------   1 root  wheel      372043 Oct 16 21:35 netbsd.2.gz
exist, but netbsd.2.gz looks too small to be useful (separate issue).

This leaves me with some questions:
Why is /dev/uhid0 blocked when usbhidctl is active?
Why does SDL care, and not just try opening non-blocking?
Why can't I kill -9 such programs?
Why do I get a kernel panic (see above)?
cat > .usbhidconf << EOF
Consumer:Play/Pause     1       mpc toggle
Consumer:Scan_Next_Track        1       mpc next
Consumer:Scan_Previous_Track    1       mpc prev
Consumer:Volume_Up      1       mixerctl -w outputs.master2++
Consumer:Volume_Down    1       mixerctl -w outputs.master2--
Consumer:Mute   1       mixerctl -w outputs.master7.mute--

usbhidctl -f 0 -c $(pwd)/.usbhidconf
cd /usr/pkgsrc/games/monsterz
make install

(other SDL-using programs should be fine too)
Yes, please.


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