Ticket #44 (new defect)

Opened 6 years ago

Network.Socket.connect blocks the whole RTS on Windows with -threaded

Reported by: joeyadams Owned by:
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: network Version: 2.3
Keywords: FFI Cc:


On Windows with -threaded, when Network.Socket.connect is called, it blocks the whole RTS until the connection attempt succeeds or fails.

This is because under the hood, it is calling c_connect, an unsafe foreign import:

foreign import CALLCONV unsafe "connect"
  c_connect :: CInt -> Ptr SockAddr -> CInt{-CSockLen???-} -> IO CInt

Unsafe foreign calls block the whole runtime system. Safe foreign calls block only the current thread (but cannot be interrupted by exceptions).

I tested it on Windows with network-, and Network.Socket.connect does in fact block the whole program. When I changed unsafe to safe and recompiled, it did not block the whole program.

It seems clear that c_connect should be a safe foreign import, at least on Windows with -threaded. Are there any other foreign calls marked safe that could potentially block on Windows?

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