Re: Concurrent subscription.destroy() ? Crash when using tick42rmds transport.

Frank Quinn <fquinn@...>

Hi Yury,

Thanks for the detailed query, I have a few outstanding questions and suggestions on this one:

1. I would question whether or not mamaSubscription_processMsg should crash for a muted subscription. Muting is a state which exists to attempt to stop new events coming in. However if you're in the dispatcher thread and you just received an object, it's too late this time - mute should only be invoked prior to prevent the *next* read. So perhaps (knowing nothing about the RMDS bridge) the straightforward solution would be simply to do the checks which may cause muting after the callback?
2. Should the thread which processes events from RMDS server invoke the callback method directly (inline)? Is it on the same thread as is assigned to the MAMA Subscription object? It should be to match the application's expected concurrency behaviour.
3. Rather than muting immediately, you could consider creating a muting callback event which gets enqueued onto your subscription thread. That way the mute event will always be synchronous with the subscription thread and you don't need to worry about locking any associated resources. Locking with subscription objects (particularly MAMA core objects) is hairy stuff and you should avoid it where possible to avoid race conditions.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Yury Batrakov
Sent: 19 June 2017 17:42
To: openmama-dev <>; openmama-users <>
Subject: [Openmama-dev] Concurrent subscription.destroy() ? Crash when using tick42rmds transport.

Classification: Public

Hi guys,

I've faced the following issue when using OpenMAMA and tick42rmds bridge.
The bridge internally creates a thread to process events from RMDS server, once a message is received that thread invokes mamaSubscription_processMsg. While the message is processed user may want to destroy the subscription (obviously in other thread). To avoid corruption of mamaSubscription object, mamaSubscription_destroy() function calls bridge->mute for the bridge to stop calling mamaSubscription_processMsg() and only then deallocates mamaSubscription. The problem with this approach is the following: here's the pseudo code for RMDS dispatching thread

if(muted) {
// Do not dispatch

// Do some other checks <-- mute() may be invoked here
mamaSubscription_processMsg() // processMsg for muted subscription, may crash

The solution for that is to change RMDS bridge to block in bridge->mute() call until mamaSubscription_processMsg() returns but there's another problem: mamaSubscription_processMsg and mamaSubscription_deactivate may deadlock on wombatThrottle. Consider the following scenario:
1. RMDS bridge thread invokes mamaSubscription_processMsg() for message of type initial
2. User thread invokes mamaSubscription_destroy() which acquires wombat throttle lock:
if (impl->mTransport)
throttle = mamaTransportImpl_getThrottle(impl->mTransport,

if(NULL != throttle)
3. Then mamaSubscription_destroy calls mamaSubscription_deactivate_internal which calls our new version of bridge->mute() which waits for RMDS bridge thread to finish message processing
if (impl->mSubscBridge)
impl->mBridgeImpl->bridgeMamaSubscriptionMute (impl->mSubscBridge);
4. RMDS bridge handles initial message and tries to acquire the same throttle:
#5 0x00007ffff78d4f32 in wombatThrottle_lock (throttle=0x6298e0) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/throttle.c:441
#6 0x00007ffff78a34e2 in imageRequest_stopWaitForResponse (request=0x14d1a20) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/imagerequest.c:774
#7 0x00007ffff78cbe06 in mamaSubscription_stopWaitForResponse (subscription=0xe36280, ctx=0xe364a0) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/subscription.c:1262
#8 0x00007ffff78a38fe in processPointToPointMessage (callback=0x1527e50, msg=0x642460, msgType=6, ctx=0xe364a0) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/listenermsgcallback.c:169
#9 0x00007ffff78a3f9c in listenerMsgCallback_processMsg (callback=0x1527e50, msg=0x642460, ctx=0xe364a0) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/listenermsgcallback.c:480
#10 0x00007ffff78cd825 in mamaSubscription_processMsg (subscription=0xe36280, msg=0x642460) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/subscription.c:2259

What do you think is the best way to avoid this?

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