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SubjectRe: [PATCH] task_pid_nr_ns() breaks proc_pid_readdir()
Oleg Nesterov <> writes:

> On 11/17, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Oleg Nesterov <> writes:
>> > Make sure that task_pid_nr_ns() returns !0 before updating tgid. Note that
>> > next_tgid(tgid + 1) can find the same "struct pid" again, but we shouldn't
>> > go into the endless loop because pid_task(PIDTYPE_PID) must return NULL in
>> > this case, so next_tgid() can't return the same task.
>> >
>> Oleg I think I would rather update next_tgid to return the tgid (which
>> removes the need to call task_pid_nr_ns). This keeps all of the task
>> iteration logic together in next_tgid.
> Yes sure, I think your patch is also correct, please use it.
> <offtopic>
> Personally, I hate the functions which use pointers to return another value.
> (yes, yes, I know, my taste is perverted). Why don't we return structure in
> this case? We can even make a common helper struct, say,
> Of course, another option is to rewrite the kernle in perl, in that case
> proc_pid_readdir() can just do
> (task, tgid) = next_tgid();

I wish that last syntax worked in C. That would make returning
structures so much easier. From a compiler optimization standpoint
returning structures is ever so much nicer. Seeing through pointers
or references to optimize things is tricky.

> </offtopic>
>> Although looking at this in more detail, I'm half wondering if
>> proc_pid_make_inode() should take a struct pid instead of a task.
> Yes, I also thought about this. Needs more changes, and still not perfect.
> I am starting to think we need a more generic change. How about the patch
> below? With this change the stable task_struct implies we have the stable
> pids, this allows us to do a lot of cleanups.

I don't see the huge pile of opportunities to clean up. But otherwise
I am in favor of it. In the normal case it should only delay freeing
of struct pid (and the corresponding namespace) by an rcu interval so it
isn't a big deal.

I suspect it will be a help with killing things like the global pids
in task_struct.

Regardless I'm going to pass on the keeping struct pid on the task
struct until we free it and reference counting it there for the
immediate present as I think we can solve the immediate issues cleanly
without it, and we are pretty much in bug fixing territory now.

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