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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/1] kthread: allocate kthread structure using kmalloc
On Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 5:43 PM, Oleg Nesterov <> wrote:
> On 10/25, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
>> 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.
> And after I tried to actually read it I dislike it even more, sorry Roman.
> Starting from the fact it moves kthread_create_info into struct kthread.

that can be changed, of course, as I told, I wanted to keep allocations/
deallocations simpler.

>> 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.
> Yes, but even if we can't or do not want to do this, even if we want to
> kmalloc struct kthread, I really think it should not be refcounted
> separately from task_struct.

it is already like that, we have to get/put references on a task stack.

> something like the patch in

the key function in that patch is:


so if we teach the generic free_task() to deal with kthreads, that of course
solves these kind of problems. I did not consider that variant.

> Either way to_live_kthread() must go away. Currently we can't avoid it
> because we abuse vfork_done, but as I already said we no longer need this.

There is something which I do not understand. You still need to have a
connection (a pointer) between task_struct and private data (kthread AND
private data, whatever), which is passed by the user of kthread API.
You still need to find a victim in a task_struct and abuse it :)

So in particular I do not understand this comment from the patch above
where you abuse 'current->set_child_tid':

* This is the ugly but simple hack we will hopefully remove soon.

how you are going to avoid this abuse of set_child_tid? or vfork_done?
because vfork_done is not only for waking up (yes, I totally agree, we
can reuse task_work), it is also for getting a private data (like
workqueue uses it): task_struct->vfork_done->kthread->data.


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