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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/6] clone4: Introduce new CLONE_FD flag to get task exit notification via fd
On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 05:21:13PM +0100, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> Josh,
>
> I'll certainly try to read this series, but not before next week.

Thanks for looking at it.

> but a couple of nits right now.
>
> On 03/12, Josh Triplett wrote:
> >
> > When passed CLONE_FD, clone4 will return a file descriptor rather than a
> > PID. When the child process exits, it gets automatically reaped,
>
> And even I have no idea what you are actually doing, this doesn't look
> right, see below.
>
> > +static unsigned int clonefd_poll(struct file *file, poll_table *wait)
> > +{
> > + struct task_struct *p = file->private_data;
> > + poll_wait(file, &p->clonefd_wqh, wait);
> > + return p->exit_state == EXIT_DEAD ? (POLLIN | POLLRDNORM) : 0;
> > +}
> > +
> > +static ssize_t clonefd_read(struct file *file, char __user *buf, size_t count, loff_t *ppos)
> > +{
> > + struct task_struct *p = file->private_data;
> > + int ret = 0;
> > +
> > + /* EOF after first read */
> > + if (*ppos)
> > + return 0;
> > +
> > + if (file->f_flags & O_NONBLOCK)
> > + ret = -EAGAIN;
> > + else
> > + ret = wait_event_interruptible(p->clonefd_wqh, p->exit_state == EXIT_DEAD);
> > +
> > + if (p->exit_state == EXIT_DEAD) {
>
> Again, I simply do not know what this code does at all. But I bet the usage
> of EXIT_DEAD is wrong ;)
>
> OK, OK, I can be wrong. But I simply do not see what protects this task_struct
> if it is EXIT_DEAD (in fact even if it is EXIT_ZOMBIE).

If by "what protects" you mean "what keeps it alive", the file
descriptor holds a reference to the task_struct by calling
get_task_struct when created and put_task_struct when released.

This wait_event_interruptible pairs with the wake_up_all called from
clonefd_do_notify, which exit_notify calls *after* setting the task to
TASK_DEAD.

Apart from that, what about what the code is doing isn't clear?

> > @@ -598,7 +600,9 @@ static void exit_notify(struct task_struct *tsk, int group_dead)
> > if (group_dead)
> > kill_orphaned_pgrp(tsk->group_leader, NULL);
> >
> > - if (unlikely(tsk->ptrace)) {
> > + if (tsk->autoreap) {
> > + autoreap = true;
>
> Debuggers won't be happy. A ptraced task should not autoreap itself.

A process launching a new process with CLONE_FD is explicitly requesting
that the process be automatically reaped without any other process
having to wait on it. The task needs to not become a zombie, because
otherwise, it'll show up in waitpid(-1, ...) calls in the parent
process, which would break the ability to use this to completely
encapsulate process management within a library and not interfere with
the parent's process handling via SIGCHLD and wait{pid,3,4}.

- Josh Triplett


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