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SubjectRe: init's children list is long and slows reaping children.
On 04/06, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
>
> Perhaps,
>
> --- t/kernel/exit.c~ 2007-04-06 23:31:31.000000000 +0400
> +++ t/kernel/exit.c 2007-04-06 23:31:57.000000000 +0400
> @@ -275,10 +275,7 @@ static void reparent_to_init(void)
> remove_parent(current);
> current->parent = child_reaper(current);
> current->real_parent = child_reaper(current);
> - add_parent(current);
> -
> - /* Set the exit signal to SIGCHLD so we signal init on exit */
> - current->exit_signal = SIGCHLD;
> + current->exit_signal = -1;
>
> if (!has_rt_policy(current) && (task_nice(current) < 0))
> set_user_nice(current, 0);
>
> is enough. init is still our parent (make ps happy), but it can't see us,
> we are not on ->children list.

OK, this doesn't work. A multi-threaded init may do execve(). Can we forbid
exec() from non-main thread? init is special anyway. We can simplify de_thread()
in this case, and kill tasklist_lock around zap_other_threads().

So, we can re-parent a kernel thread to swapper. In that case it doesn't matter
if we put task on ->children list or not.

User-visible change. Acceptable?

> Off course, we also need to add preparent_to_init() to kthread() and
> (say) stopmachine(). Or we can create kernel_thread_detached() and
> modify callers to use it.

It would be very nice to introduce CLONE_KERNEL_THREAD instead, then

--- kernel/fork.c~ 2007-04-07 20:11:14.000000000 +0400
+++ kernel/fork.c 2007-04-07 23:40:35.000000000 +0400
@@ -1159,7 +1159,8 @@ static struct task_struct *copy_process(
p->parent_exec_id = p->self_exec_id;

/* ok, now we should be set up.. */
- p->exit_signal = (clone_flags & CLONE_THREAD) ? -1 : (clone_flags & CSIGNAL);
+ p->exit_signal = (clone_flags & (CLONE_THREAD|CLONE_KERNEL_THREAD))
+ ? -1 : (clone_flags & CSIGNAL);
p->pdeath_signal = 0;
p->exit_state = 0;

@@ -1196,6 +1197,8 @@ static struct task_struct *copy_process(
/* CLONE_PARENT re-uses the old parent */
if (clone_flags & (CLONE_PARENT|CLONE_THREAD))
p->parent = current->parent;
+ else if (unlikely(clone_flags & CLONE_KERNEL_THREAD))
+ p->parent = &init_task;
else
p->parent = current;

That is all, very simple. However, in that case we should introduce

#define SYS_CLONE_MASK (~CLONE_KERNEL_THREAD)

and change every sys_clone() implementation to filter out non-SYS_CLONE_MASK
flags. This is trivial (and imho useful), but

arch/sparc/kernel/process.c
arch/sparc64/kernel/process.c
arch/m68knommu/kernel/process.c
arch/m68k/kernel/process.c
arch/alpha/kernel/entry.S
arch/h8300/kernel/process.c
arch/v850/kernel/process.c
arch/frv/kernel/kernel_thread.S
arch/frv/kernel/kernel_thread.S
arch/powerpc/kernel/misc_32.S
arch/powerpc/kernel/misc_64.S

implement kthread_create() via sys_clone(). This means that without additional
effort from mainteners these arches can't take advantage of CLONE_KERNEL_THREAD.

Dear CC list, any advice?
Oleg.

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