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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] freezer: make fake_signal_wake_up wake TASK_KILLABLE tasks too
On Tue, 11 Oct 2011 08:18:48 +0200
Pavel Machek <> wrote:

> Hi!
> > TASK_KILLABLE is often used to put tasks to sleep for quite some time.
> > One of the most common uses is to put tasks to sleep while waiting for
> > replies from a server on a networked filesystem (such as CIFS or NFS).
> >
> > Unfortunately, fake_signal_wake_up does not currently wake up tasks
> > that are sleeping in TASK_KILLABLE state. This means that even if the
> > code were in place to allow them to freeze while in this sleep, it
> > wouldn't work anyway.
> >
> > This patch changes this function to wake tasks in this state as well.
> > This should be harmless -- if the code doing the sleeping doesn't have
> > handling to deal with freezer events, it should just go back to sleep.
> I'm pretty sure this will break something; but that does not mean it
> is bad idea, just that it should be merged early and tested a lot.

FWIW, I looked at most of the places in the kernel that do
TASK_KILLABLE sleeps and they look like they'll handle this correctly.
The main one I wasn't sure about was mem_cgroup_handle_oom(), but I
think it'll do the right thing too. I certainly could have missed
something though...

In any case, would you mind merging this via the linux-pm tree for 3.2?

Jeff Layton <>

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