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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] kthreads: rework kthread_stop()
    Rusty Russell <> writes:

    > On Wednesday 04 February 2009 15:40:06 Eric W. Biederman wrote:
    >> static struct kthread *to_kthread(struct task_struct *tsk)
    >> {
    >> void *stack = task_stack_page(tsk);
    >> return (struct kthread *)(stack + kthread_offset);
    >> }
    > ...
    >> It would remove the test and be simple and obviously correct.
    > Clever? Sure. Neat? Yes.
    > But you are using a definition of obvious with which I was not previously
    > familiar :)

    Well the way you compute kthread_offset is:

    struct kthread kthread;
    void *stack = task_stack_page(current);
    kthread_offset = (void *)&kthread - stack;

    Now Rusty I don't know about you but after I learned to do
    addition and subtraction it has always been obvious to me that
    one is the opposite of the other.

    Further I think the rest of that code becomes a lot clearer if
    we can remove that stupid, unnecessary conditional. As worrying
    if the process has exited implies we care about a lot of things
    that we really don't and seem to make the code generally less

    I am slightly concerned that using task_stack_page(tsk) may be
    overly clever, but compared to ACCESS_ONCE(), memory barriers,
    or not letting kthread_stop be called on a thread that may exit
    I think I am ahead of the game.


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