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Wait for confirmable messages when entering the deep sleep mode #1767

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commented May 7, 2019


System.sleep(SLEEP_MODE_DEEP, ...) doesn't wait for confirmable messages to be processed before entering the deep sleep mode. If the current session data became invalid for some reason, this may put a sleepy device into an endless loop, where it wakes up, restores the session, publishes an event and goes back to sleep without ever noticing that there's no established connection with the cloud.


By default, the system should wait for all confirmable messages to be processed before entering a sleep mode. This PR also introduces a flag that allows overriding the default behavior (SLEEP_NO_WAIT).

Steps to Test

  1. Flash the following application to an Electron:
#include "application.h"


namespace {

const Serial1LogHandler logHandler(115200, LOG_LEVEL_WARN, {
    { "app", LOG_LEVEL_ALL }

} // namespace

void setup() {"setup()");

void loop() {"Particle.publish()");
    auto f = Particle.publish("my_event", PRIVATE | WITH_ACK);
    f.onSuccess([](bool) {"ACK received");
    }).onError([](Error) {
        Log.warn("Particle.publish() failed");
    System.sleep(SLEEP_MODE_DEEP, 5);

Verify that the application gets notified about an ACK received for the published message before the device enters the deep sleep mode.

2. Apply the following patch via git apply:

diff --git a/communication/src/dtls_message_channel.cpp b/communication/src/dtls_message_channel.cpp
index dec29fb9d..be096f4c2 100644
--- a/communication/src/dtls_message_channel.cpp
+++ b/communication/src/dtls_message_channel.cpp
@@ -112,6 +112,7 @@ auto SessionPersist::restore(mbedtls_ssl_context* context, bool renegotiate, uin
 		context->in_epoch = in_epoch;
 		memcpy(context->out_ctr, &out_ctr, sizeof(out_ctr));
+		context->out_ctr[0] = 'X'; // Invalidate the session data
 		memcpy(context->handshake->randbytes, randbytes, sizeof(randbytes));
 		context->transform_negotiate->ciphersuite_info = mbedtls_ssl_ciphersuite_from_id(ciphersuite);

Verify that the device running the same application performs the full handshake on every second boot. When the system resumes the session using invalid data, it should take no longer than 1 minute for the communication layer to fail with a timeout error while waiting for ACKs and reset the session.

Edit: A better solution for the second test case is implemented in #1776.


  • [ch32341]

  • [bugfix] Wait for confirmable messages when entering the deep sleep mode #1767

@sergeuz sergeuz added the bug label May 7, 2019

@sergeuz sergeuz requested a review from m-mcgowan May 7, 2019

@sergeuz sergeuz added this to the 1.2.0-rc.1 milestone May 15, 2019

@@ -65,6 +65,7 @@ test(system_sleep)
API_COMPILE({ SleepResult r = System.sleep(SLEEP_MODE_DEEP, SLEEP_NETWORK_STANDBY, 60); (void)r; });

API_COMPILE({ SleepResult r = System.sleep(SLEEP_MODE_DEEP, SLEEP_NETWORK_STANDBY); (void)r; });
API_COMPILE({ SleepResult r = System.sleep(SLEEP_MODE_DEEP, SLEEP_NETWORK_STANDBY | SLEEP_NO_WAIT); (void)r; });

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m-mcgowan May 16, 2019



// Make sure all confirmable UDP messages are sent and acknowledged before sleeping
if (spark_cloud_flag_connected() && !(param & SYSTEM_SLEEP_FLAG_NO_WAIT)) {

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m-mcgowan May 16, 2019


This is a blocking call. Do we want to keep it like that?

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sergeuz May 16, 2019

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For now I'd say yes, because System.sleep() is a blocking call as well. Also, we're already waiting for confirmable messages synchronously when entering the stop mode:


@sergeuz sergeuz force-pushed the fix/wait_ack_before_sleeping branch 2 times, most recently from 62a11fb to fdd671f May 16, 2019

@sergeuz sergeuz force-pushed the fix/wait_ack_before_sleeping branch from fdd671f to e7312e5 May 16, 2019

@sergeuz sergeuz merged commit b14e2d9 into develop May 16, 2019

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