Bug #14471

DRb mixing up function return values between PIDs after fork()

Added by jrafanie (Joe Rafaniello) over 1 year ago.

Target version:
ruby -v:
ruby 2.5.0p0 (2017-12-25 revision 61468) [x86_64-darwin16]


This is likely a duplicate of, although the Backport191 project in redmine appears to be dead.

We have found the exact same problem with modern rubies such as 2.3, 2.4, 2.5.

The summary is that due to fork and sharing of established connections in the DRbConn pool, the DRb server sometimes sends DRb client 1's message to client 2 and client 2's message to client 1.

My colleague Adam Grare and I have narrowed it down to the "global" DRb::DRbConn class instance variable @pool being inherited in child forked processes.

Our workaround[1] was to close all existing connections in the inherited pool in each fork to ensure each child fork process would get brand new connections:

DRb::DRbConn.instance_variable_get(:@mutex).synchronize do

The attached client and server and log demonstrates the problem and fails on all modern ruby versions. The source of these can be found in a gist here: [2]. Note, we have tested this on Mac OSX and debian.

It would be great if connection pools would not be shared in forked processes or give us a public interface to clear the connection pool.



echo_server.rb (134 Bytes) echo_server.rb jrafanie (Joe Rafaniello), 02/13/2018 05:06 PM
echo_client.rb (2.22 KB) echo_client.rb jrafanie (Joe Rafaniello), 02/13/2018 05:06 PM
Example_Run.log (615 Bytes) Example_Run.log jrafanie (Joe Rafaniello), 02/13/2018 05:06 PM

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