[xmonad] Re: Issue 91 in xmonad: DynamicLog causes xmonad to hang when the output pipe is full

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Thu Nov 12 16:52:41 EST 2009

Comment #11 on issue 91 by elias.kunnas: DynamicLog causes xmonad to hang  
when the output pipe is full

I've been researching this bug for a long-ish time. It might be that the  
way EPIPE is
handled by xmonad or GHC has some relevance to this, but it's very likely  
not the
primary cause.

I've been rather exhaustively trying different combinations of EPIPE  
handlers in
xmonad (including not handling it at all, setting arbitrary handlers and  
using the
default handler), and nothing so far has affected the buggy behaviour that  
I'm able
to reproduce ~30% of the time with the config on comment 5.

One fairly sure sign that GHC itself has much to do with this, although I  
been able to replicate the behaviour outside xmonad, is that even setting a  
to each log write will still cause xmonad to hang.

I mentioned this in #haskell at freenode and it turns out people have  
similar issues with fdRead (assuming pipe writes are ultimately calling  
that, though
I haven't been able to follow the code to this point). In
http://upcycle.it/~blackh,/Server.hs, the issue with fdRead was fixed  
apparently by
adapting the code from ghc-6.12. Since this fixes the issue with fdRead, it  
seems it
may well be the case that just using GHC-6.12 would fix pipe writes as well  
presumably fdWrite).

It seems the reason for this is that up to GHC-6.10, fdRead (and presumably  
Haven't been able to verify this yet) were implemented using unsafe ccalls  
they now use safe ones. Following the discussion on #haskell, the unsafe  
ccalls might
then starve the threads of their process, which would be consistent with  
'timeout' not halting the IO writes.

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