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Re: [alpine-aports] [PATCH] testing/mongodb: fix for #5117

From: Marc Vertes <>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:32:59 +0100

> Le 24 févr. 2016 à 07:44, Timo Teras <> a écrit :
> On Tue, 23 Feb 2016 23:46:39 +0100
> Marc Vertes <> wrote:
>>> Le 23 févr. 2016 à 18:44, Timo Teras <> a écrit :
>>> So the current patch is wrong. pthread_getattr_np returns valid and
>>> correct data for non-main threads. Only main thread should get the
>>> "treatment".
>> Ok, I agree, there is no need to patch the reporting of stack base /
>> size which are correct (obtained by pthread_getattr_np in a non-main
>> thread).
>> So the real problem comes from the small default stack size (80k)
>> imposed by musl.
>> I saw that reducing the quota from 64k to 32k in
>> StackLocator.available() which checks remaining stack space, was
>> enough to avoid the initial crash.
> Should we start by applying that one? At least to make mongdb compile
> again as my change broke the build (bad checksums).

I'm preparing a new patch, removing musl-process-stack-size.patch and
adjusting the check of minimum available stack space from 64k to 32k.
>> So the normal thing to do would be increase a bit the stack space for
>> created threads.
>> I can't use pthread_attr_setstacksize before pthread_create, because
>> of the use of C++ threads (what a pile of crap!). I tried to force a
>> non-zero stacksize in PR_CreateThread(), but it seems to do nothing.
> Urgh. Yeah, that looks abhorrent. I'll ping #musl what could be done.
>> The 2 last remaining options: test if g++ -fsplit-stack would work,
>> or reduce quota as mentioned before.
>> What do you think ?
> split-stack has it's own problems too. IIRC, it breaks other stuff. And
> requires gold linker to even work (we have it, but do not use it be
> default).
Ok, I won't proceed further on that.

> glibc ships pthread_setattr_default_np() that can be used to change the
> default stack size. I wonder if some similar mechanism could be added
> to musl.
It would be certainly useful to ease porting multi-threaded C++ stuff needing
big stack space for their threads. It's not because alpine and musl
are concise and elegant that they should not support big bloated craps.

> But as said, maybe start with changing the marginal from 64->32kB?
> In musl the stack size does not contain the guard page (which is in
> agreement with posix's definition of thread attribute stack base/size).
> The comment did say the check is not done often enough though, so that
> might not be desirable long term solution. And that should probably be
> explained in the patch.
Yes. Will do that.


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