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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/10] cgroups: Task counter subsystem v6
On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 04:30:21PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:06:35 -0700
> Tim Hockin <thockin@hockin.org> wrote:
>
> > On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 3:01 PM, Andrew Morton <akpm00@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > On Mon, __3 Oct 2011 21:07:02 +0200
> > > Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > >> Hi Andrew,
> > >>
> > >> This contains minor changes, mostly documentation and changelog
> > >> updates, off-case build fix, and a code optimization in
> > >> res_counter_common_ancestor().
> > >
> > > I'd normally duck a patch series like this when we're at -rc8 and ask
> > > for it to be resent late in -rc1. __But I was feeling frisky so I
> > > grabbed this lot for a bit of testing and will sit on it until -rc1.
> > >
> > > I'm still not convinced that the kernel has a burning need for a "task
> > > counter subsystem". __Someone convince me that we should merge this!
> >
> > We have real (accidental) DoS situations which happen because we don't
> > have this. It usually takes the form of some library no re-joining
> > threads. We end up deploying a few apps linked against this library,
> > and suddenly we're in trouble on a machine. Except, this being
> > Google, we're in trouble on a lot of machines.
>
> This is a bit foggy. I think you mean that machines are experiencing
> accidental forkbombs?

I'd like to hear about more details as well.

>
> > There may be other ways to cobble this sort of safety together, but
> > they are less appealing for various reasons. cgroups are how we
> > control groups of related pids.
> >
> > I'd really love to be able to use this.
>
> Has it been confirmed that this implementation actually solves the
> problem? ie: tested a bit?
>
> btw, Frederic told me that this version of the patchset had some
> serious problem so it's on hold pending an upgrade, regardless of other
> matters.

Yep. The particular issue is https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/10/13/532

Li Zefan proposed a fix (https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/10/17/26) which I'm
currently reworking.

But then I'd love it if you can test this subsystem to see if it really matches
your needs, Tim.

Thanks!


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