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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] cgroup: fix race between fork and cgroup freezing
02:26, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Hello, Li, Frederic.
>
> On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 at 04:45:13PM +0800, Li Zefan wrote:
>> +static void freezer_post_fork(struct cgroup_subsys *ss,
>> + struct task_struct *task)
>> +{
>> + struct freezer *freezer;
>> +
>> + cgroup_lock();
>> +
>> + freezer = task_freezer(task);
>> + if (!freezer->css.cgroup->parent)
>> + goto out;
>> +
>> + spin_lock_irq(&freezer->lock);
>> + if (freezer->state != CGROUP_THAWED)
>> + freeze_task(task);
>> + spin_unlock_irq(&freezer->lock);
>> +out:
>> + cgroup_unlock();
>> +}
>
> Urgh... this is requiring policy implementations to synchronize with
> problem caused by cgroup core optimization and it's so very subtle.
> IMHO, this definitely should be contained in cgroup core and in a very
> confined form even inside cgroup core.
>
> Any other ideas?
>

The problem is, forks can happen at any time, so there's no way to prevent
forks from happening while iterating tasks in a cgroup, so controllers
have to deal with it. In fact freezer is somewhat aware of this issue,
that's why it provides the ->fork callback, but there's race.

This patch is not too bad (needs a bit modification). cgroup core will detect
(via seqcount) if something's happened to a cgroup and the tasks in it, and
then cgroup will notify controllers to check if newly-forked tasks should
be adjusted accordingly, so they will have consistent status with other tasks
in the same cgroup.


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