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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Introduce ActivePid: in /proc/self/status (v2, was Vpid:)
On 06/16, Greg Kurz wrote:
>
> On Wed, 2011-06-15 at 20:46 +0200, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > On 06/15, Greg Kurz wrote:
> > >
> > > @@ -176,6 +177,17 @@ static inline void task_state(struct seq_file *m, struct pid_namespace *ns,
> > > if (tracer)
> > > tpid = task_pid_nr_ns(tracer, ns);
> > > }
> > > + actpid = 0;
> > > + sighand = rcu_dereference(p->sighand);
> > > + if (sighand) {
> > > + struct pid_namespace *pid_ns;
> > > + unsigned long flags;
> > > + spin_lock_irqsave(&sighand->siglock, flags);
> >
> > Well. This is not exactly right. We have lock_task_sighand() for this.
> >
>
> I see... ->sighand could change so we need the for(;;) loop in
> __lock_task_sighand() to be sure we have the right pointer, correct ?

Yes,

> By the way, if we use lock_task_sighand() we'll end up with nested
> rcu_read_lock(): it will work but I don't know how it may affect
> performance...

You are kidding ;)

> > But. Why do you need ->siglock? Why rcu_read_lock() is not enough?
> >
>
> Because there's a race with
> __exit_signal()->__unhash_process()->detach_pid() that can break
> task_active_pid_ns()

Yes,

> and rcu won't help here

Why? free_pid() uses call_rcu() to do put_pid()

> (unless *perhaps* by
> modifying __exit_signal() but I don't want to mess with such a critical
> path).

I don't think so...

> > Hmm. You don't even need pid_ns afaics, you could simply look at
> > pid->numbers[pid->level].
> >
>
> True but I will have the same problem: detach_pid() nullifies the pid.

Can't understand. Of course pid can be NULL. So what? Say, ->sighand
can be NULL as well, they both "disappear" at the same time. This is
fine, we raced with exit, we should report pid=0.

Oleg.



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