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Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:08:49 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
To: Waldek Kozaczuk <>
Subject: Re: netlink.c: missing handling of EAGAIN and EWOULDBLOCK

On Mon, Jun 13, 2022 at 11:41:57AM -0400, Waldek Kozaczuk wrote:
> Hi,
> Very recently we implemented minimal rnetlink support on OSv side which
> allowed us to finally switch to the netlink-based implementation of
> getifaddrs() and if_nameindex().
> However, I noticed that the function __netlink_enumerate() in
> uses
> MSG_DONTWAIT flag when calling recv() which may fail with EAGAIN or
> EWOULDBLOCK and there is no error/retry handling for that. I actually saw
> both functions fail occasionally on OSv.
> One way to fix is to add missing error handling. But another simpler
> solution is to stop using MSG_DONTWAIT altogether and force recv() to
> block. In other words, the line:
> r = recv(fd, u.buf, sizeof(u.buf), MSG_DONTWAIT);
> should change to:
> r = recv(fd, u.buf, sizeof(u.buf), 0);
> For time being we are applying a header trick on OSv side to re-define
> MSG_DONTWAIT as 0 when compiling those specific musl sources.

Thanks! I'll try to track this down. One concern is that I'm not sure
how MSG_DONTWAIT is supposed to interact with "short reads" -- is it
needed (for netlink) to prevent blocking when some data has been read
but there is still buffer space for more?

On a related issue, I'm pretty sure the netlink API doesn't allow for
partial reads with some data remaining buffered on the kernel side,
but we should probably verify that too.


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