epoll_wait() never return even though not specifying a timeout of -1

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  • The actual implementation of epoll_wait() system call does not conform to the manual page.
  • According to the manual, epoll_wait() is expected to wait for a maximum time of "timeout" milliseconds. Since the "timeout" is type of (int), one can specify a value of between 1 and INT_MAX for it (both -1 and 0 have special meanings).
  • But if one actually specify a timeout of between EP_MAX_MSTIMEO and INT_MAX, epoll_wait() never return (where EP_MAX_MSTIMEO is 2,147,482) because of the following implementation:

    1495 static int ep_poll(struct eventpoll *ep, struct epoll_event __user *events,
    1496                    int maxevents, long timeout)
    1508         jtimeout = (timeout<  0 || timeout>= EP_MAX_MSTIMEO) ?
    1509                 MAX_SCHEDULE_TIMEOUT : (timeout * HZ + 999) / 1000;
    1539                         jtimeout = schedule_timeout(jtimeout);


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6
  • 2.6.18-238.el5PAE

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