[pve-devel] applied: [PATCH http-server] make daemons compatible with installed AnyEvent::AIO

Thomas Lamprecht t.lamprecht at proxmox.com
Mon Jul 3 09:42:10 CEST 2023

Am 03/07/2023 um 08:39 schrieb Dominik Csapak:
> when installing AnyEvent::AIO (by the package libanyevent-aio-perl), the
> worker forks of our daemons using AnyEvent would consume 100% cpu cycles
> while trying to do an epoll_wait which no one read from. It was not
> really clear which part of the code set that fd up.
> Reading the documentation of the related perl modules, it became clear
> that the issue was with AnyEvent::IO. By default this uses AnyEvent::AIO
> (if installed) which in turn uses IO::AIO which explicitly says it uses
> pthreads and is not really fork compatible (which we rely heavy upon).
> It seems that IO::AIO sets up some fds with epoll in the END handler of
> it's library (or earlier, but sends data to it in the END handler), so
> that when using 'exit' instead of 'POSIX::_exit' (which we do in
> PVE::Daemon) creates the observed behavior.
> Interestingly we did not use any of AnyEvent::IO's functionality, so we
> can safely remove it. Even if we would have used  it in the past,
> without AnyEvent::AIO the IO would not have been async anyway (the pure
> perl impl doesn't do async IO). My best guess is that we wanted to use
> it, but noticed that we can't, and forgot to remove the use statement.
> (This is indicated by a comment that says aio_load is not async unless
> IO::AIO is used)
> This only occurs now, since bookworm is the first debian release to
> package the library.
> if we ever wanted to use AnyEvent::AIO, there are probably two other
> ways that could fix it:
> * replace our 'exit()' calls with 'POSIX::_exit()', which seems to fix
>   it, but other side effects are currently unknown
> * use 'IO::AIO::reinit()' after forking, which also seems to fix it, but
>   perldoc says it 'is not an operation supported by any standards, but
>   happens to work on GNU/LINUX and some newer BSD systems'
> With this fix, one can safely install 'libanyevent-aio-perl' and
> 'libperl-languageserver-perl' (the only user of it AFAICS) on a PVE or
> PMG system.
> Signed-off-by: Dominik Csapak <d.csapak at proxmox.com>
> ---
> maybe we should leave the use statement in and only comment it out,
> with a note not to use this?

considering that this still seems to be left over from initial implementation
and experimentation, and that nobody felt the need to add it anywhere else,
we should be safe here with just removing it.

>  src/PVE/APIServer/AnyEvent.pm | 1 -
>  1 file changed, 1 deletion(-)

applied, thanks!

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