[dpdk-dev] [PATCH] doc: add multi-proc shared lib mempool note

Gage Eads gage.eads at intel.com
Tue Jun 18 20:48:30 CEST 2019

The mempool library assigns handler ops indexes based on the dynamic load
order of mempool handlers. Indexes are used so a mempool can be used by
multiple processes, but this only works if all processes agree on the
mapping from index to mempool handler.

When using the '-d' argument, it's possible for different processes to load
mempool handlers in different orders, and thus have different
index->handler mappings. Using a mempool in multiple of such processes will
result in undefined behavior.

This commit adds a note to the mempool library programmer's guide warning
users against this.

Fixes: 449c49b93a6b ("mempool: support handler operations")
Cc: stable at dpdk.org

Signed-off-by: Gage Eads <gage.eads at intel.com>
 doc/guides/prog_guide/mempool_lib.rst | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/doc/guides/prog_guide/mempool_lib.rst b/doc/guides/prog_guide/mempool_lib.rst
index 52a569f57..4470f6b38 100644
--- a/doc/guides/prog_guide/mempool_lib.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/prog_guide/mempool_lib.rst
@@ -133,6 +133,13 @@ For applications that use ``rte_pktmbuf_create()``, there is a config setting
 (``RTE_MBUF_DEFAULT_MEMPOOL_OPS``) that allows the application to make use of
 an alternative mempool handler.
+  .. note::
+    When running a DPDK application with shared libraries, mempool handler
+    shared objects specified with the '-d' EAL command-line parameter are
+    dynamically loaded. When running a multi-process application with shared
+    libraries, the -d arguments for mempool handlers *must be specified in the
+    same order for all processes* to ensure correct operation.
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