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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/1] kthread: allocate kthread structure using kmalloc
On 10/25, Roman Pen wrote:
>
> This patch avoids allocation of kthread structure on a stack, and simply
> uses kmalloc.

Oh. I didn't even read this patch, but I have to admit I personally do not
like it. I can be wrong, but imo this is the step to the wrong direction.

struct kthread is already bloated, we should not bloat it more. Instead
we should kill it. And to_kthread() too, at least in its current form.

For example. parked/exited/cpu should go into smp_hotplug_thread. Yes,
this needs cleanups.

All we need is kthread_data() which returns the pointer to the private
data used by kthread.

As for kthread_stop(), we no longer need to abuse ->vfork_done, we can
use task_works:

struct xxx {
struct struct callback_head work;
struct completion done;
};

static void kthread_signal_exit(struct callback_head *arg)
{
struct xxx *xxx = container_of(arg);
complete(xxx->done);
}

int kthread_stop(struct task_struct *k)
{
struct xxx xxx;
int ret;

init_task_work(&xxx.work, kthread_signal_exit);
init_completion(&xxx.done);

trace_sched_kthread_stop(k);

get_task_struct(k);
if (!task_work_add(k, &xxx.work, false)) {
set(KTHREAD_SHOULD_STOP);
wake_up_process(k);
wait_for_completion(&xxx.done);
}
ret = k->exit_code;
put_task_struct(k);

trace_sched_kthread_stop_ret(ret);
return ret;
}

Oleg.

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