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    SubjectRe: How to draw values for /proc/stat
    2011/12/5 Glauber Costa <>:
    > Hi,
    > Specially Peter and Paul, but all the others:
    > As you can see in, and in my answer to
    > that, there is a question - one I've asked before but without that much of
    > an audience - of whether /proc files read from process living on cgroups
    > should display global or per-cgroup resources.
    > In the past, I was arguing for a knob to control that, but I recently
    > started to believe that a knob here will only overcomplicate matters:
    > if you live in a cgroup, you should display only the resources you can
    > possibly use. Global is for whoever is in the main cgroup.
    > Now, it comes two questions:
    > 1) Do you agree with that, for files like /proc/stat ? I think the most
    > important part is to be consistent inside the system, regardless of what is
    > done
    > 2) Will cpuacct stay? I think if it does, that becomes almost mandatory (at
    > least the bind mount idea is pretty much over here), because drawing value
    > for /proc/stat becomes quite complex.
    > The cpuacct cgroup can provide user, sys, etc values. But we also have:
    > * nr_context_switches,
    > * jiffies since boot,
    > * total_forks,
    > * nr_running,
    > * nr_iowait,
    > Now I doubt any of us want to see /proc/stat extended to accommodate things
    > like nr_context_switches, or even worse, nr_running. The way I see it, there
    > are two options here:
    >  a) moving everything to cpu cgroup so we keep all values being drawn
    >    from the same place
    >  b) Collect that info from multiple places in a transparent way. ctx,
    >    nr_running and nr_iowait will probably come from cpu. jiffies can
    >    come from wherever, and maybe we can even draw total_forks
    >    from Frederic's and avoid counting it twice.
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    I think making /proc files read from process living on cgroups display
    per-cgroup resources is a good idea, at least from a common user's
    perspective. We are (well, we will) setup a large cluster with
    lxc/cgroup for some backend online services in the next months, and
    one gap we see is the entries under /proc are not virtualized enough,
    especially those performance counters, not only schedule counters
    (e.g. /proc/diskstat). Although we can read some numbers in the host
    from blkio controller's counters like blkio.io_serviced,
    blkio.io_service_time etc, it would be very convenient if the entries
    under /proc are virtualized, as we can deploy various existing
    maintenance tools directly in the containers, without developing
    another monitors. So the over-cost for maintenance can be low.

    Let's include lxc-user mailing list for this topic.

    Zhu Yanhai
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