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Re: [MirageOS-devel] tuntap on linux

On 6 June 2015 at 23:54, Anil Madhavapeddy <anil@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 6 Jun 2015, at 15:49, Justin Cormack <justin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
> On Jun 6, 2015 4:56 PM, "Anil Madhavapeddy" <anil@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I'm just testing out tuntap.1.3 for release on Linux, and am having some
>> trouble getting it to work.  Just wanted to check if others are using it ok.
>> I've done:
>>     $ sudo tunctl
>>     $ sudo ifconfig tap0 netmask up
>>     $ sudo ./_build/test/nonblock_read.native tap0
>>     read: 0
>>     read: 0
>>     ...
>> This results in a stream of 0 byte reads.
>> If I change the Lwt_unix.of_unix_file_descr in mirage-net-unix to be
>> blocking:true instead of blocking:false, then it works as expected on Linux,
>> and all the tap networking is ok.  Tracing through the Lwt code shows that
>> blocking:false should work, but for some reason the tap device on Linux is
>> always readable and so EWOULDBLOCK never happens.
>> Anyone else having this problem on Linux, or is it just me? I don't often
>> use tap networking there, so I don't want to apply the above workaround
>> without understanding it.
> I had what sounds like the same problem with tap devices and rump kernel.
> I haven't yet filed a bug but I think there is one... 0 length reads should
> not happen. I am not sure if it changed in recent versions but I think it
> may have. Planning to investigate. If you do the first open with nonblock it
> seems to work but fcntl does not
> Tracked it down -- looks like a Linux 3.19 regression:
> https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=96381

Ah, doesn't look like it is in a hurry to be fixed though, will try to
bisect it.

If you apply this:

diff --git a/lib/tuntap_stubs.c b/lib/tuntap_stubs.c
index dbccc79..e6fc6a1 100644
--- a/lib/tuntap_stubs.c
+++ b/lib/tuntap_stubs.c
@@ -58,7 +58,7 @@ tun_alloc(char *dev, int kind, int pi, int persist,
int user, int group)
   struct ifreq ifr;
   int fd;

-  if ((fd = open("/dev/net/tun", O_RDWR)) == -1)
+  if ((fd = open("/dev/net/tun", O_RDWR | O_NONBLOCK)) == -1)
     tun_raise_error("open", -1);

   memset(&ifr, 0, sizeof(ifr));

I think it should work, but it does change the default to nonblocking.
For some reason the bug does not manifest if the original fd is opened


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