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SubjectRe: [RESEND] proc, coredump: add CoreDumping flag to /proc/pid/status
On Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 04:31:06PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:06:34 -0700 Roman Gushchin <guro@fb.com> wrote:
>
> > Right now there is no convenient way to check if a process is being
> > coredumped at the moment.
> >
> > It might be necessary to recognize such state to prevent killing
> > the process and getting a broken coredump.
> > Writing a large core might take significant time, and the process
> > is unresponsive during it, so it might be killed by timeout,
> > if another process is monitoring and killing/restarting
> > hanging tasks.
> >
> > To provide an ability to detect if a process is in the state of
> > being coreduped, we can expose a boolean CoreDumping flag
> > in /proc/pid/status.
> >
> > Example:
> > $ cat core.sh
> > #!/bin/sh
> >
> > echo "|/usr/bin/sleep 10" > /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern
> > sleep 1000 &
> > PID=$!
> >
> > cat /proc/$PID/status | grep CoreDumping
> > kill -ABRT $PID
> > sleep 1
> > cat /proc/$PID/status | grep CoreDumping
> >
> > $ ./core.sh
> > CoreDumping: 0
> > CoreDumping: 1
>
> I assume you have some real-world use case which benefits from this.

Sure, we're getting a sensible number of corrupted coredump files
on machines in our fleet, just because processes are being killed
by timeout in the middle of the core writing process.

We do have a process health check, and some agent is responsible
for restarting processes which are not responding for health check requests.
Writing a large coredump to the disk can easily exceed the reasonable timeout
(especially on an overloaded machine).

This flag will allow the agent to distinguish processes which are being
coredumped, extend the timeout for them, and let them produce a full
coredump file.

>
> > fs/proc/array.c | 6 ++++++
> > 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)
>
> A Documentation/ would be appropriate? Include a brief mention of
> *why* someone might want to use this...
>
>

Here it is. Thank you!

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From 71f86fc2bdd6104dc7d63c0c2eeb6b414494a582 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Roman Gushchin <guro@fb.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:47:19 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] proc: document CoreDumping flag in /proc/<pid>/status

Add description for the CoreDumping flag in /proc/<pid>/status.

The flag is intended to be used to avoid killing processes
during the generation of the coredump files and avoid getting
corrupted coredump files.

Signed-off-by: Roman Gushchin <guro@fb.com>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
Cc: Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com>
Cc: kernel-team@fb.com
Cc: linux-doc@vger.kernel.org
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
---
Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt b/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
index adba21b5ada7..bc832f8b7a70 100644
--- a/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
+++ b/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
@@ -181,6 +181,7 @@ read the file /proc/PID/status:
VmPTE: 20 kb
VmSwap: 0 kB
HugetlbPages: 0 kB
+ CoreDumping: 0
Threads: 1
SigQ: 0/28578
SigPnd: 0000000000000000
@@ -254,6 +255,8 @@ Table 1-2: Contents of the status files (as of 4.8)
VmSwap amount of swap used by anonymous private data
(shmem swap usage is not included)
HugetlbPages size of hugetlb memory portions
+ CoreDumping process's memory is currently being dumped
+ (killing the process may lead to a corrupted core)
Threads number of threads
SigQ number of signals queued/max. number for queue
SigPnd bitmap of pending signals for the thread
--
2.13.5
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