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Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:58:17 +0100
From: Edward Scott <>
Subject: Bug with priority inheritance and condition variables


There appears to be a bug when using priority inheritance in combination
with condition variables. I have some code that reproduces the bug:

Using git bisect I traced the origin of the bug to this commit:

which is the commit that is described as "implement priority inheritance

>From my analysis it appears that _m_waiters is used by the
priority inheritance logic to maintain some state (as described in the
commit message) but that conflicts with some use of _m_waiters in the
condition variable implementation.

The consequence is that pthread_mutex_lock erroneously returns EDEADLK.

I don't understand the code well enough to produce a fix.

The demo code (a cut version of some production code) will reproduce the
failure. Commenting out the pthread_mutexattr_setprotocol call in
the iot_mutex_init function at the end of the thread.c file will cause the
code to work as intended (without priority inheritance). The code works
fine either way with the GNU lib.

BTW can I recommend that the "magic numbers"  used to represent mutex modes
be replaced at some point with defined constants as it would make the code
much easier to follow.

This is my first post to this list so I hope this message is on the right
list and is helpful.

Edward Scott

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