[Python-Dev] patch #1454481 vs buildbot

Andrew MacIntyre andymac at bullseye.apana.org.au
Mon Jun 5 12:13:14 CEST 2006

Tim Peters wrote:

> assumes that the expansion of PTHREAD_STACK_MIN acts like a
> compile-time constant expression, but there's no such guarantee.
>    http://cvs.opensolaris.org/source/xref/on/usr/src/head/limits.h
> shows that, on one version of Solaris, it's actually defined via
> #define    PTHREAD_STACK_MIN ((size_t)_sysconf(_SC_THREAD_STACK_MIN))
> That has a runtime value, but not a useful compile-time value.  The
> only useful thing you can do with it in an #if expression is


>> 2.  I don't know what to make of the failure of test_threading on Linux,
>> as test_thread succeeds as far as I could see.  These tests succeed on my
>> FreeBSD box and also appear to be succeeding on the Windows buildbots.
> Not all pthreads-using builds fail, and not all failing pthreads-using
> builds fail in the same way.  Welcome to pthreads on Linux ;-)
> BTW, this sucks:
> test_thread
> /home/buildbot/Buildbot/trunk.baxter-ubuntu/build/Lib/test/test_thread.py:138: 
> RuntimeWarning: thread stack size of 0x1000 bytes not supported
>  thread.stack_size(tss)
> That's from a successful run.  RuntimeWarning really doesn't make
> sense for a failing operation.  This should raise an exception
> (xyzError, not xyzWarning), or a failing stack_size() should return an
> error value after ensuring the original stack size is still in effect.

Fair enough.


> If PyThread_start_new_thread() fails in any way
> (like,pthread_attr_setstacksize() failing), ""can't start new thread"
> is the error we see.
> The difference between test_thread and test_threading here is that
> only test_threading asks for a 16MB stack; test_thread doesn't ask for
> a stack larger than 4MB.

Thanks for the analysis!

> Until all this gets resolved, I strongly suggest reverting this patch
> (if you don't, someone else will ...) and hammering out the problems
> on a new branch instead.  See python-dev email from yesterday for how
> to force a buildbot slave to build a branch.

I see that you've already reverted this - Thanks & sorry I couldn't get
to it quickly.


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