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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 0/5] Signal scalability series
On 09/30, Matt Fleming wrote:
>
> However, it's a good first step and
> hopefully by keeping it relatively simple it'll make it easier to
> review.

Cough. I'll try to read this series next week, but currently I feel
I will never able to understand this code. It surely compliacates
things a lot.

But. All I can do is to _try_ to check this series from the correctness
pov. I can't believe (at least at first glance) this worth the trouble,
but otoh I won't argue unless I'll find the bugs.

> arch/ia64/kernel/signal.c | 4 +-
> drivers/block/nbd.c | 2 +-
> drivers/usb/gadget/f_mass_storage.c | 2 +-
> drivers/usb/gadget/file_storage.c | 2 +-
> fs/autofs4/waitq.c | 5 +-
> fs/exec.c | 17 +-
> fs/jffs2/background.c | 2 +-
> fs/ncpfs/sock.c | 2 +
> fs/proc/array.c | 2 +
> fs/signalfd.c | 11 +-
> include/linux/init_task.h | 4 +
> include/linux/sched.h | 23 +-
> kernel/exit.c | 29 +-
> kernel/fork.c | 4 +
> kernel/freezer.c | 10 +-
> kernel/kmod.c | 8 +-
> kernel/posix-timers.c | 5 +-
> kernel/ptrace.c | 68 ++--
> kernel/signal.c | 737 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++--------
> net/9p/client.c | 6 +-
> net/sunrpc/svc.c | 3 -
> security/selinux/hooks.c | 11 +-
> 22 files changed, 677 insertions(+), 280 deletions(-)

And, this patch adds 4 new locks:

sighand_struct->action_lock

signal_struct->ctrl_lock
signal_struct->shared_siglock

task_struct->siglock

Nice ;) For what? This should be justified, imho.


Hmm. Just out of curiosity, I blindly applied the whole series and poke
the _random_ function to look at, dequeue_signal(). And it looks wrong.

spin_lock_irqsave(&current->signal->ctrl_lock, flags);
current->jobctl |= JOBCTL_STOP_DEQUEUED;
This signal->ctrl_lock can't help. A sig_kernel_stop() should be
dequeued under the same lock, and we shouldn't release it unless we
set JOBCTL_STOP_DEQUEUED. Otherwise we race with SIGCONT.

May be do_signal_stop() does something special? At first flance it doesn't.
But wait, it does while_each_thread() under ->ctrl_lock, why this is safe?

May be I was just lucky ;)

Oleg.



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