Weird usage of gprs_ns_vty_init from gprs_bssgp_create

Holger Hans Peter Freyther hfreyther at
Wed Jun 26 14:37:47 UTC 2013

Dear Andreas, Ivan,

when trying to understand the CPU usage of the PCU without having
any subscribers I noticed the following backtrace:

#0  _int_malloc (av=0x402fe4d4, bytes=52) at malloc.c:3241
#1  0x4023a3b8 in __GI___libc_malloc (bytes=52) at malloc.c:2859
#2  0x4929b6e8 in _talloc_zero () from /usr/lib/
#3  0x49422e44 in vector_init () from /usr/lib/
#4  0x4941f1f8 in install_element () from /usr/lib/
#5  0x492e602c in gprs_ns_vty_init () from /usr/lib/
#6  0x0001b670 in gprs_bssgp_create (local_port=<optimized out>, sgsn_ip=184194049, 
    sgsn_port=<optimized out>, nsei=<optimized out>, nsvci=2, bvci=2, mcc=<optimized out>, 
    mnc=<optimized out>, lac=1, rac=0, cell_id=0) at gprs_bssgp_pcu.cpp:585
#7  0x00016990 in pcu_rx_info_ind (info_ind=0x7) at pcu_l1_if.cpp:431
#8  pcu_rx (msg_type=<optimized out>, pcu_prim=0x3) at pcu_l1_if.cpp:577
#9  0x00017914 in pcu_sock_read (bfd=0x6a3f0) at sysmo_sock.cpp:151
#10 pcu_sock_cb (bfd=0x6a3f0, flags=1) at sysmo_sock.cpp:218
#11 0x49294ff4 in osmo_select_main () from /usr/lib/
#12 0x0000a668 in main (argc=<optimized out>, argv=0xbee40b04) at pcu_main.cpp:219

This means when a info indication is received gprs_bssgp_create will
be called which will re-initialize the VTY commands but more important
re-set vty_nsi inside the VTY code of libosmogb. But it also means that
vty_nsi will be a dangling pointer in case of

1.) gprs_ns_nsip_connect, btsctx_alloc, gprs_ns_nsip_listen fail
2.) Between the sysmobts software exiting and re-starting and bringing
    OML back up
3.) More cases that I might not understand.

The dangling pointer will lead to a crash when the VTY of the PCU is
used in such situation/window.

does any of you care to fix that race? I think the easiest would be
to just close/open/bind/listen/connect on the NS once we get a new


- Holger Freyther <hfreyther at>
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