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    Subject[RFC] [PATCH 00/13] Introduce task_pid api
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    I'm part of a project implementing checkpoint/restart processes.
    After a process or group of processes is checkpointed, killed, and
    restarted, the changing of pids could confuse them. There are many
    other such issues, but we wanted to start with pids.

    This patchset introduces functions to access task->pid and ->tgid,
    and updates ->pid accessors to use the functions. This is in
    preparation for a subsequent patchset which will separate the kernel
    and virtualized pidspaces. This will allow us to virtualize pids
    from users' pov, so that, for instance, a checkpointed set of
    processes could be restarted with particular pids. Even though their
    kernel pids may already be in use by new processes, the checkpointed
    processes can be started in a new user pidspace with their old
    virtual pid. This also gives vserver a simpler way to fake vserver
    init processes as pid 1. Note that this does not change the kernel's
    internal idea of pids, only what users see.

    The first 12 patches change all locations which access ->pid and
    ->tgid to use the inlined functions. The last patch actually
    introduces task_pid() and task_tgid(), and renames ->pid and ->tgid
    to __pid and __tgid to make sure any uncaught users error out.

    Does something like this, presumably after much working over, seem
    mergeable?

    thanks
    -serge

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