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SubjectRe: [Devel] Re: [PATCH 08/10] Introduce functions to restart a process
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On Wed, 2008-10-22 at 12:44 +0200, Louis Rilling wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 12:06:19PM +0200, Greg Kurz wrote:
> > On Wed, 2008-10-22 at 11:25 +0200, Louis Rilling wrote:
> > > Do you checkpoint uninterruptible syscalls as well? If only interruptible
> > > syscalls are checkpointed, I'd say that either this syscall uses ERESTARTSYS or
> > > ERESTART_RESTARTBLOCK, and then signal handling code already does the trick, or
> > > this syscall does not restart itself when interrupted, and well, this is life,
> > > userspace just sees -EINTR, which is allowed by the syscall spec.
> > > Actually this is how we checkpoint/migrate tasks in interruptible syscalls in
> > > Kerrighed and this works.
> > >
> > > Louis
> > >
> >
> > I don't know Kerrighed internals but I understand you perform checkpoint
> > with a signal handler. Right ?
>
> Right. This is an kernel-internal-only signal, so all signals remain available
> for userspace.
>
> > This approach has a huge benefit: the
> > signal handling code do all the arch dependant stuff to save registers
> > in user memory.
>
> Hm, I'm not sure to understand what you mean here. We just rely on arch code
> that jumps to signal handling to correctly setup struct pt_regs, which is then
> passed to the checkpoint code. So yes, userspace registers are mostly saved by
> existing arch code. But in x86-64 for instance, segment registers still need to
> be saved by the checkpoint code (a bit like copy_thread() does), and I don't
> know arch-independent functions doing this.
>

You're right, some segment registers need to be saved on x86 also... I
should have written 'most of' in my previous mail.

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