DOCKER-41: Normalize exit_status values when init killed by signal or crash


Issue Type:New Feature
Priority:4 - Normal
Created at:2014-11-17T04:45:26.000Z
Updated at:2018-06-06T07:15:50.055Z


Created by:jwilsdon#1
Reported by:Josh Wilsdon


Won't Fix: The problem described is an issue which will never be fixed.
(Resolution Date: 2018-06-06T07:15:50.036Z)


Currently w/ DOCKER-40 and friends, we've implemented the exit_status, but the exit_status will be negative in cases where the zone was killed by a signal. This is due to the fact that the exit_status value we get from lastexited (OS-3429) is the wait status. vmadm converts this to exit status by doing:

        if (stat === -1) {
            // -1 is special status (OS-3429) that indicates normal exit
            result.exit_status = 0;
        } else if ((stat & 0xff) == 0) {
            // WIFEXITED == true, so we can use exit status
            result.exit_status = (stat >> 8);
        } else {
            // WIFEXITED != true, so we just pull out the non-exit bits * -1
            result.exit_status = ((stat & 0xff) * -1);

which means the exit status here will be for example:

so we need to figure out how these should map correctly to what docker does in these cases.


Comment by Trent Mick [X]
Created at 2015-03-27T19:22:35.000Z

joshw [12:22 PM]
Well, I think it actually mostly works. All that needs to happen there is making sure there are not edge cases that we're missing.

Comment by Todd Whiteman
Created at 2015-03-30T17:53:47.000Z
Updated at 2015-05-07T23:47:30.000Z

It seems to mostly work, but the exit code is not propagate to the calling shell in docker-sdc:

$ docker run -t -i centos bash
  $ exit 5
$ echo $?    > returns 0, rather than 5

Comment by Todd Whiteman
Created at 2015-03-30T18:20:47.000Z
Updated at 2015-05-07T23:49:55.000Z

So the problem is the container listing is done too early (before the container has died) so the ExitCode is always 0 and Status is running, a subsequent container listing afterwards produces the expected result:

    "Id": "9e55df88ccec48438fe61b16f27e001a4522f0989d484eeb85eb967f23ce6db7",
    "Created": "2015-03-28T01:44:36.919Z",
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        "CpuShares": 8,
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        "Domainname": "local",
        "ExposedPorts": null,
        "Hostname": "9e55df88ccec",
        "MacAddress": "",
        "Memory": 1073741824,
        "MemorySwap": 2147483648,
        "NetworkDisabled": false,
        "OnBuild": null,
        "OpenStdin": true,
        "PortSpecs": null,
        "SecurityOpt": null,
        "StdinOnce": false,
        "Tty": true,
        "User": "",
        "Volumes": null,
        "WorkingDir": "",
        "Image": "centos",
        "Cmd": ["bash"],
        "Entrypoint": null,
        "Env": ["PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin"]
    "Path": "bash",
    "Args": [],
    "Driver": "sdc",
    "ExecDriver": "sdc-0.1",
    "HostConfig": {
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        "CapAdd": null,
        "CapDrop": null,
        "ContainerIDFile": "",
        "Devices": [],
        "Dns": null,
        "DnsSearch": null,
        "ExtraHosts": null,
        "IpcMode": "",
        "Links": null,
        "LxcConf": [],
        "NetworkMode": "bridge",
        "PortBindings": {},
        "Privileged": false,
        "PublishAllPorts": false,
        "RestartPolicy": {
            "MaximumRetryCount": 0,
            "Name": ""
        "VolumesFrom": null
    "Volumes": null,
    "VolumesRW": null,
    "RestartCount": 0,
    "HostnamePath": "/etc/hostname",
    "HostsPath": "/etc/hosts",
    "Image": "88f9454e60ddf4ae5f23fad8247a2c53e8d3ff63b0bdac59fc17ceceab058ce6",
    "MountLabel": "",
    "Name": "/reverent_cori",
    "NetworkSettings": {
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        "IPAddress": "",
        "IPPrefixLen": 24,
        "MacAddress": "90:b8:d0:24:2e:88",
        "PortMapping": null,
        "Ports": {}
    "ProcessLabel": "",
    "ResolvConfPath": "/etc/resolv.conf",
    "State": {
        "Error": "",
        "ExitCode": 5,
        "FinishedAt": "2015-03-28T01:45:03.322Z",
        "OOMKilled": false,
        "Paused": false,
        "Pid": 0,
        "Restarting": false,
        "Running": false,
        "StartedAt": "0001-01-01T00:00:00Z"

So, is there a way to detect this race condition, or rather wait until the container is fully stopped?

Note: Using "--rm" does the correct thing, as it waits for the container to stop before returning.

Comment by Angela Fong [X]
Created at 2018-06-06T07:15:50.051Z

With the reduced investment in docker, we'll not spend time on this improvement. We'll file a new ticket or reopen this if the need comes up again.