As per issue for MythTV backend at:


when running MythTV backend on MacOS X 10.6.2, it crashes with:

BUG IN CLIENT OF LIBDISPATCH: Do not close random Unix descriptors

This message appears to come from Grand Central Dispatch.

Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000001, 0x0000000000000000
Crashed Thread:  1  Dispatch queue: com.apple.libdispatch-manager

Application Specific Information:
BUG IN CLIENT OF LIBDISPATCH: Do not close random Unix descriptors

Thread 1 Crashed:  Dispatch queue: com.apple.libdispatch-manager
0   libSystem.B.dylib                   0x9481ea51 _dispatch_mgr_invoke + 804
1   libSystem.B.dylib                   0x9481dcc3 _dispatch_queue_invoke + 163
2   libSystem.B.dylib                   0x9481da68 _dispatch_worker_thread2 + 234
3   libSystem.B.dylib                   0x9481d4f1 _pthread_wqthread + 390
4   libSystem.B.dylib                   0x9481d336 start_wqthread + 30

Since the code in MythTV for this is quite early in main(), can only imagine that linking in of Grand Central Dispatch libraries is automatically causing some background thread to run which monitors some special file descriptor. Problem is that MythTV backend is closing all file descriptors from 3 upwards and presumably is closing this special file descriptor as well.

The question is, is there any way to setup MacOS X to say not to use Grand Central Dispatch and use what ever was used under MacOS X 10.5 to try and avoid this issue until MythTV people can be bothered looking at it and making changes to code.

Separately, can anyone explain whether Grand Central Dispatch is using some special file descriptor as I reason.

1 Answer 1


The bug is in MythTV. The command-line argument parsing is apparently causing GCD to be started as a side-effect. The solution is simple. Move the "for ()" loop that closes all the descriptors to the very top of main().

  • Thanks. I have added this comment against ticket on MythTV site and will see what happens and whether they come back and change it so can verify. Not quite setup yet to build my own from source code as only had a Snow Leopard install to work with and source code not currently building on that properly for me. So, relying on pre built binaries which are available. Nov 29, 2009 at 22:23

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