[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH 3/3] avformat/udp: Enable FIFO when using windows sockets.

Matt Oliver protogonoi at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 13:25:11 EET 2016

On 7 December 2016 at 21:19, Mark Thompson <sw at jkqxz.net> wrote:

> On 07/12/16 06:05, Matt Oliver wrote:
> > Signed-off-by: Matt Oliver <protogonoi at gmail.com>
> > ---
> >  libavformat/udp.c | 19 +++++++++++++++++--
> >  1 file changed, 17 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/libavformat/udp.c b/libavformat/udp.c
> > index f8c861d..0e4766f 100644
> > --- a/libavformat/udp.c
> > +++ b/libavformat/udp.c
> > @@ -64,6 +64,14 @@
> >  #define HAVE_PTHREAD_CANCEL 0
> >  #endif
> >
> > +/* Winsock2 recv function can be unblocked by shutting down and closing
> > the socket */
> This seems dubious to me.  Can you explain how this can work reliably on
> Windows?
> To offer some context, the reason that POSIX states that close() at the
> same time as any other operation is undefined is because it is impossible
> to avoid the following race:
> Thread 1:
>   Load the file descriptor
>   Enter the recv() call in the standard library
>   Get preempted just before entering the system call
> Thread 2:
>   Call close() on the file descriptor
>   Finish closing, the file descriptor is now invalid and can be reused
> Thread 3 (could be thread 2 again, or a hidden part of the implementation):
>   Make a new file (with open() or similar)
>   Get given the same file descriptor, reused
> Thread 1:
>   Start running again
>   Actually make the recv() system call, which now refers to thread 3's file
>   Data loss/crash/other badness
> Since there is no way to determine that a thread is actually inside the
> system call rather than preempted immediately before it there is no way in
> POSIX to avoid the race.  An alternative implementation seeking to avoid
> this issue could perhaps supply such a function to determine the blocked
> state of another thread, or maybe file descriptors could be unique forever,
> but neither of these seems to apply in this case.

Well to be honest this patch is actually based on a suggestion from Hendrik
in another thread so he maybe the better person to ask about that. I can
however state that it is a commonly used Windows winsock programming
technique as closesocket behaves differently on windows than it does on
linux (the above is a very bad idea on linux). Calling closesocket on
windows causes any existing recv calls in other threads to instantly return
with an error code. But im not sure how it would handle the specific case
set above.
An alternative would be to then combine it with win32s ability to terminate

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