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Windows Named Pipe as source broken #101

GoogleCodeExporter opened this issue Mar 24, 2015 · 12 comments

Windows Named Pipe as source broken #101

GoogleCodeExporter opened this issue Mar 24, 2015 · 12 comments


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What steps will reproduce the problem?

The "plain" call would be this:

  xdelta3 -s v0 v1 v1.vcdiff

I'm trying to get it working using a windows named pipe for the source. e.g.,

xdelta3 -s "\\.\pipe\mypipe" v1 v1.vcdiff

Where the pipe exists and is set to stream out the contents of the source
file (e.g. version 0 in this case).

What is the expected output? What do you see instead?

Two issues:
 1. Performance was at first really terrible. I gave up after a couple of
minutes (should take seconds). This led me to discover what I believe is a
 2. Once I'd fixed (?) that bug, it now prints out:

  xdelta3: target window checksum mismatch: XD3_INVALID_INPUT

What version of the product are you using? On what operating system?

xdelta3 w on Windows XP 32 bit, Visual Studio 2008 (from source code).

Tried also the latest from SVN - same result.

Please provide any additional information below.

OK, so first I think there may be a bug. In "main_set_source" it calls
"main_file_stat" to work out the size of the file, and if that fails, it
assumes it's a FIFO (see xdelta3-main.h:2804).

The issue is that GetFileSizeEx returns non failure for pipes - just
returns a size of 0. I believe this confuses things and somehow causes the
read size to be 1 byte (hence the poor performance of calling ReadFile for
a single byte each time). 

So, I fixed that with the attached patch which just makes "main_file_stat"
fail when the file is a pipe.

So anyway, now I can see that it succesfully opens the pipe and treats it
as "size unknown".

The next problem is that it now fails with the error: 

  xdelta3: target window checksum mismatch: XD3_INVALID_INPUT

This happens quite quickly, and since it's a 200 MB file, I don't think
it's anything to do with the end of stream.

I'm 99% sure the pipe is providing the right data (I wrote a dummy app to
read from the pipe and dump it out - it was correct).

I also know that it works when I don't use a pipe, but instead use the
source file as normal (see first command at, above).

The source code which creates the pipe is something like:

  HANDLE pipe = CreateNamedPipe(L"\\\\.\\pipe\\mypipe",
                                PIPE_TYPE_BYTE | PIPE_WAIT | 
                                50, // 50 instances allowed
                                1024 * 1024 * 5, // out buffer size
                                1024 * 1024 * 5, // in buffer size
                                10000, // Client time out (default)
                                NULL); // Security attrs

  if (pipe == INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE) 
    throw 0;

  if (ConnectNamedPipe(pipe, NULL) == 0)
    throw 1;

  FILE* f = fopen("D:\\Projects\\TestData\\Temp\\0_OUT", "rb");

  int size = 1024 * 1024 * 32;
  byte* buf = new byte[size];

  uint32 c;
  while ((c = fread(buf, 1, size, f)) != 0)
    DWORD temp;

    if (!WriteFile(pipe, buf, c, &temp, NULL))
      throw GetLastError();

    if (temp != c)
      throw 2;

  return 0;

Maybe it was just never supposed to work with named pipes, but they are
pretty similar to FIFO so I don't see why they shouldn't work.

Original issue reported on by on 15 Jan 2010 at 5:19


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This is very cool.  I'm also trying to fix a performance bug in 3.0w related to 
recent source-from-fifo support, and I'll be able to look at your patch in 
detail in a 
few days.  Unfortunately, no one has reported having short examples of inputs 
that give 
bad performance

Original comment by on 15 Jan 2010 at 6:01

  • Changed state: Started

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OK interestingly I tried it on a smaller file and it worked ok. 

Could it be a bug with the streaming stuff?

Original comment by on 15 Jan 2010 at 6:04

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(addendum): Re my last comment, I mean I tried it using my patch and it worked.

Original comment by on 15 Jan 2010 at 6:05

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There was a bug introduced in 3.0w and fixed in SVN 310.  I wonder how this 
relates to 
your fix, but I haven't had a chance to look yet.

Original comment by on 16 Feb 2010 at 5:43

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I've released 3.0x (source).  Would you mind trying again?

Original comment by on 16 Feb 2010 at 6:47

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I've released 3.0y...

Original comment by on 23 Feb 2010 at 4:41

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OK, I think I've found the problem.

The issue is the way xdelta handles "EOF" on an input stream.

It seems that if it reads less than it asked for in "main_read_primary_input" 
that must signify EOF. 

E.g., if the buffer size is 16KB and it only receives 8KB, then we're at EOF.

While this is usually a safe bet on a file where it will always fill the input
buffer, this may not work with windows pipes.

I've verified this experimentally using latest release (3.0y).

In my code, I create a pipe to stream 1025 bytes worth of data.

I use a standard copy loop which copies 1024 bytes at a time.

I put in a pause after the first loop (i.e. 1024 bytes are copied). This leaves 
byte remaining to be copied.

When I do this xdelta reads the 1024 bytes, processes it but then exits.

I can see that the xdelta process has ended before I am able to send the last
reamining byte.

Note that you *could* buffer up bytes on the input but I suspect this might end 
disaster in rare cases. E.g., you'd have to make sure you passed in data as 
of the buffer size. Otherwise, you could end up with a case where xdelta gets 
of the sended and thinks there is EOF.

Note that the docs for ReadFile do NOT indicate that failure to fill a buffer
indicates EOF. In fact, it says that EOF will be indicated by returning with 0 

So, it seems to me the bug is in the use of ReadFile. 

To reiterate:

 * Failure to fill read buffer should NOT be considered EOF on Windows
 * EOF is correctly established by ReadFile returning zero.

Original comment by on 12 Mar 2010 at 3:30

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Just an afterthought: My previous comment actually related to using pipes as the
input file not the reference/source file (-s). But, I suspect the same code is 
either way to read from a stream so I think it's still relevant.

Original comment by on 15 Mar 2010 at 10:10

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I see.  This kind of issue is handled in the POSIX code path.

Original comment by on 15 Mar 2010 at 9:46

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Hmm. It should be fairly straightforward to fix. All we'd need to do is make 
ReadFile loop around if the 
input buffer isn't filled. I'm happy to submit a patch if you like? Question: 
will the code base tolerate that 
function returning zero bytes? I guess this must already be ok to do this...

Original comment by on 15 Mar 2010 at 10:49

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Hi, I'm working on this one now (with a new Windows 7 machine).  First, I agree 
with your diagnosis and I'm working on the ReadFile loop (similar to the 
handling of POSIX file handles in the same location).

I've made a test pipe-server program using the code above and I'm having 
trouble getting ERROR_PIPE_DISCONNECTED.  I added a call to FlushFileBuffer() 
and DisconnectNamedPipe() prior to CloseHandle(), but my pipe-client (xdelta3) 
still gets read errors.  I'll keep working on it. 

My next question is whether/how to support a pipe as the input and output file. 
 In POSIX, xdelta uses the default /dev/stdin and /dev/stdout to connect to the 
standard input and output, but I don't know how to test these features in 
windows.  What command-line would I use to compress from stdin to stdout?


Original comment by on 31 Jul 2010 at 4:05

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SVN 317 should solve this, although I couldn't figure out a proper way to 
detect EOF when reading from a named pipe.  The solution I came up with 
involves breaking out of the ReadFile loop when an ERROR_BROKEN_PIPE happens.  
When the pipe-writer wants to end the file, it closes the handle, causing the 
broken pipe.  I've tested this and it seems to work.

Original comment by on 1 Aug 2010 at 2:43

  • Changed state: Fixed

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