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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kthread: always create the kernel threads with normal priority
On Mon, 7 Jan 2008 09:29:56 -0800
Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> wrote:

> On Mon, 7 Jan 2008 12:09:04 +0100 Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu> wrote:
>
> >
> > > > This causes a practical problem. When a runaway real-time task
> > > > is eating 100% CPU and we attempt to put the CPU offline,
> > > > sometimes we block while waiting for the creation of the
> > > > highest-priority "kstopmachine" thread.
> >
> > sched-devel.git has new mechanisms against runaway RT tasks.
> > There's a new RLIMIT_RTTIME rlimit - if an RT task exceeds that
> > rlimit then it is sent SIGXCPU.
>
> Is that "total RT CPU time" or "elapsed time since last schedule()"?
>
> If the former, it is not useful for this problem.

It's "runtime since last sleep" so it is useful.

I still think the kthread patch is good to have anyway. The user can
have other reasons to change kthreadd's priority/cpumask.

Michal


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