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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] introduce PF_KTHREAD flag
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On Tuesday, 24 of June 2008, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> On 06/23, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:47:06 -0700
> > Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> >
> > > I don't yet know how much additional damage will happen as a result.
> >
> > Lots.
> >
> > I restored the patches and just dropped the hunk:
> >
> > static int has_mm(struct task_struct *p)
> > {
> > - return (p->mm && !(p->flags & PF_BORROWED_MM));
> > }
> >
> > /**
> > --- 86,92 ----
> >
> > static int has_mm(struct task_struct *p)
> > {
> > + return (p->mm && !(p->flags & PF_KTHREAD));
> > }
> >
> > due to that function having been turned into:
> >
> > static inline bool should_send_signal(struct task_struct *p)
> > {
> > return !(p->flags & PF_FREEZER_NOSIG);
> > }
> >
> > Please check the result?
>
> Thanks, this looks OK.
>
> Rafael, can't freezer just use PF_KTHREAD (which btw kills PF_BORROWED_MM)
> instead of the new PF_FREEZER_NOSIG flag? They look very similar, please
> look at
>
> "[PATCH 1/3] introduce PF_KTHREAD flag"
> http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=121233423530812
>
> "[PATCH 2/3] kill PF_BORROWED_MM in favour of PF_KTHREAD"
> http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=121233423530820

The problem is that some kernel threads may actually want to clear
PF_FREEZER_NOSIG, but it would be invalid to clear PF_KTHREAD I think.

Hmm, well, in principle we could use two flags for that, with the combinations
of bits defined as follows:
11 - user space task (freezable with a fake signal)
10 - kernel thread freezable with a fake signal
01 - kernel thread freezable withoug a fake signal
00 - non-freezable kernel thread

Thanks,
Rafael


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