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Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:41:25 +0000
From: "zhaohang (F)" <>
To: "" <>
CC: pengyuanhong <>
Subject: some doubts about pthread_cancel


I have two doubts about pthread_cancel in musl v1.1.22.

static void cancel_handler(int sig, siginfo_t *si, void *ctx)
         pthread_t self = __pthread_self();
         ucontext_t *uc = ctx;
         uintptr_t pc = uc->uc_mcontext.MC_PC;
         if (!self->cancel || self->canceldisable == PTHREAD_CANCEL_DISABLE) return;

1. If try to cancel a thread which is asynchronous and cancel-disable, the handler of SIGCANCEL will return directly here and it seems that the cancellation request is not remained queued. It makes me confused how this thread will be assured to cancel after it enables cancellation?
          _sigaddset(&uc->uc_sigmask, SIGCANCEL);
          if (self->cancelasync || pc >= (uintptr_t)__cp_begin && pc < (uintptr_t)__cp_end) {
                 uc->uc_mcontext.MC_PC = (uintptr_t)__cp_cancel;
 #ifdef CANCEL_GOT
                 uc->uc_mcontext.MC_GOT = CANCEL_GOT;
          __syscall(SYS_tkill, self->tid, SIGCANCEL);

2. Why send SIGCANCEL again here? I think self->cancel is enough to judge whether a deferred thread has been cancelled, and furthermore SIGCANCEL is added to uc->uc_sigmask so that SIGCANCEL will not be handled again.

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