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From: David Mitchell <>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2018 12:26:31 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] Time-HiRes/t/itimer.t: avoid race condition.
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This test script sets a repeating interval timer going, and after 4
'ticks' (SIGVTALRM), disables the timer (by setting it to zero).

The main loop which does CPU burning, does a getitmer() every now and
again, and when the value is zero, assumes the signal handler has
disabled the timer,  and so finishes.

The trouble was that it was checking the 'time left', which can reach
zero because the interval timer has counted down to zero, and the signal
handler is about to be called, but the interval hasn't been reset back
to 0.4s yet.

i.e. the code doesn't distinguish between "timer disabled" and "timer
just reached zero".

In that scenario, the cleanup code in the test script disables the
SIGVTALRM handler while the timer is still active, and so the process
gets killed if another signal is raised.

This commit changes the test to check the second value returned by
getitmer() for being zero rather than the first - the second being the
repeat interval, whichb is always 0.4 until the timer is disabled.

Signed-off-by: Petr Písař <>
 dist/Time-HiRes/t/itimer.t | 4 +++-
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/dist/Time-HiRes/t/itimer.t b/dist/Time-HiRes/t/itimer.t
index e196b1648c..432b224488 100644
--- a/dist/Time-HiRes/t/itimer.t
+++ b/dist/Time-HiRes/t/itimer.t
@@ -51,7 +51,9 @@ ok(defined $virt && abs($virt / 0.5) - 1 < $limit,
 printf("# getitimer: %s\n", join(" ",
-while (Time::HiRes::getitimer(&Time::HiRes::ITIMER_VIRTUAL)) {
+# burn CPU until the VTALRM signal handler sets the repeat interval to
+# zero, indicating that the timer has fired 4 times.
+while ((Time::HiRes::getitimer(&Time::HiRes::ITIMER_VIRTUAL))[1]) {
     my $j;
     for (1..1000) { $j++ } # Can't be unbreakable, must test getitimer().