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Subject[PATCH] cgroups: fix 2.6.32 regression causing BUG_ON() in cgroup_diput()

The LTP cgroup test suite generates a "kernel BUG at kernel/cgroup.c:790!"
here in cgroup_diput():

* if we're getting rid of the cgroup, refcount should ensure
* that there are no pidlists left.

The cgroup pidlist rework in 2.6.32 generates the BUG_ON, which is caused
when pidlist_array_load() calls cgroup_pidlist_find():

(1) if a matching cgroup_pidlist is found, it down_write's the mutex of the
pre-existing cgroup_pidlist, and increments its use_count.
(2) if no matching cgroup_pidlist is found, then a new one is allocated, it
down_write's its mutex, and the use_count is set to 0.
(3) the matching, or new, cgroup_pidlist gets returned back to pidlist_array_load(),
which increments its use_count -- regardless whether new or pre-existing --
and up_write's the mutex.

So if a matching list is ever encountered by cgroup_pidlist_find() during
the life of a cgroup directory, it results in an inflated use_count value,
preventing it from ever getting released by cgroup_release_pid_array().
Then if the directory is subsequently removed, cgroup_diput() hits the
BUG_ON() when it finds that the directory's cgroup is still populated
with a pidlist.

The patch simply removes the use_count increment when a matching
pidlist is found by cgroup_pidlist_find(), because it gets bumped by
the calling pidlist_array_load() function while still protected by the
list's mutex.

Signed-off-by: Dave Anderson <>


--- linux-2.6-git/kernel/cgroup.c.orig
+++ linux-2.6-git/kernel/cgroup.c
@@ -2468,7 +2468,6 @@ static struct cgroup_pidlist *cgroup_pid
/* make sure l doesn't vanish out from under us */
- l->use_count++;
return l;
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