RFR: JDK-8154326: bash >(...) construct causes race conditions

Erik Joelsson erik.joelsson at oracle.com
Wed Apr 20 15:20:25 UTC 2016

Unfortunately, this did not work well. The problem with the added "&& 
wait" materializes if the caller of ExecuteWithLog tries to pipe the 
output of that command, which we do frequently on Windows. To solve it, 
another level of parentheses are needed. Unfortunately this adds another 
shell process for each call, which makes the Windows build slightly 
slower again. I don't see any other solution however.

Webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~erikj/8154326/webrev.02/


On 2016-04-19 14:32, Erik Joelsson wrote:
> Hello,
> After switching to the new hotspot build, we have seen some sporadic 
> build errors related to the generation of dtrace JvmOffsets.h file on 
> Solaris. The errors look like a compile target that depends on the 
> header file fails because the header file is either empty or 
> incomplete. I have managed to reproduce this by running this 
> particular part of the build in a loop within 5 minutes.
> The header file generation uses the rather new ExecuteWithLog macro, 
> which uses the also rather new ">(tee logfile)" construct to save 
> output to a log file while still echoing both stderr and stdout 
> separately to the console. It seems however, that when using this 
> construct, bash spawns background processes which may not be done when 
> the main process is done.
> I have noted a similar effect when switching to this construct for the 
> main makefile build.log. The last line of make output would be echoed 
> to the console after my prompt returned.
> To solve this, I added "&& wait" in each location where the >(...) 
> trick is used. I have then rerun the loop over night and could no 
> longer reproduce the problem. I believe this to be the proper solution.
> Bug: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8154326
> Webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~erikj/8154326/webrev.01/
> /Erik

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