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SubjectRe: [PATCH 06/14] signal: use GROUP_STOP_PENDING to avoid stopping multiple times for a single group stop
Hello, Oleg.

On 11/26/2010 06:59 PM, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> I am stucked at this point ;)


> On 11/26, Tejun Heo wrote:
>> Currently task->signal->group_stop_count is used to decide whether to
>> stop for group stop. However, if there is a task in the group which
>> is taking a long time to stop, other tasks which are continued by
>> ptrace would repeatedly stop for the same group stop until the group
>> stop is complete.
> Yes. but the tracee won't abuse ->group_stop_count, this was fixed
> by the previous patch.


> But, otoh, what if debugger resumes the tracee when the group stop
> was completed by other sub-threads ?

Well, then the tracee continues. What this patch does is making each
task in a group to stop once for a single group stop instance. If
ptracer decides to resume the tracee (w/o sending SIGCONT, that is),
then it can do so and the tracee won't stop for the same group stop

> The tracee will run with GROUP_STOP_PENDING set. ->group_stop_count
> is zero. If this tracee recieves a signal (or spurious TIF_SIGPENDING),
> suddenly it will notice GROUP_STOP_PENDING and report the stop to
> debugger.

Yeah, of course. That's the tracee participating in the group stop.
Oh, the tracee _should_ always have TIF_SIGPENDING set or be
guaranteed to run get_signal_to_deliver(). I think there are traced
points where that is not true. We probably need to set TIF_SIGPENDING
together with GROUP_STOP_PENDING.

> This looks a bit strange. OK, perhaps it makes sense to report the
> stop to "ack" the group stop which wasn't acked in ptrace_stop().
> Or, if it was untraced after resume, it makes sense to "silently"
> stop as well.
> But, in this case it shouldn't wait until signal_pending() is true?

Yeap, thanks a lot for catching that one. :-)

>> @@ -1742,8 +1745,8 @@ static int do_signal_stop(int signr)
>> struct signal_struct *sig = current->signal;
>> int notify = 0;
>> - if (!sig->group_stop_count) {
>> - unsigned int gstop = GROUP_STOP_CONSUME;
>> + if (!(current->group_stop & GROUP_STOP_PENDING)) {
>> + unsigned int gstop = GROUP_STOP_PENDING | GROUP_STOP_CONSUME;
>> struct task_struct *t;
> Hmm. This means, the ptraced task can initiate the group stop
> while it is already in progress...
> Debugger can constantly resume a tracee while the group stop
> is not finished. Finally this tracee can dequeue SIGSTOP without
> At first glance, nothing bad can happen, but I am not sure.
> We can have other ptraced threads which were resumed after
> ptrace_stop()/do_signal_stop().

Hmmm.... right. I think it is better to test for GROUP_STOP_PENDING
there. That happens on delivery of a new stop signal, so
semantic-wise, it's correct. Given the statelessness of group stop
across STOP/CONT attempts, I think it should be okay. I'll think
about it more.

>> This will change with future patches.
> Yes. I tried to study this series patch-by-patch. I think I should
> read the whole series to really understand the intermediate changes.
> I'll try to return on Monday.
> Cough. I didn't expect I forgot this code that much ;)

Heh, I thought adding transparent/nestable ptrace attach would take me
several days; instead, understanding the code and producing this
patchset took me two weeks filled with swearing. This is a truly
hairy piece of code. :-)

Thanks a lot for reviewing.


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