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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 20/20] signal: Don't restart fork when signals come in.
Oleg Nesterov <> writes:

> On 07/26, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Are the earlier patches looking ok to you?
> I obviously like 1-15.
> "[PATCH 16/20] fork: Move and describe why the code examines PIDNS_ADDING"
> is "interesting". I mean it is fine, but at the end of this series it doesn't
> matter what we check first, PIDNS_ADDING or fatal_signal_pending() - restart
> is not possible in both cases.
> As for 17-20... Yes I am biased. But I still think the simple approach I tried
> to propose from the very beginning is better. At least simpler, in that you do
> not need to worry about all these special cases/reasons for signal_pending().

I think worrying about them all now results in a future where we don't
have to worry about reasons why we can't let fork continue. Giving a
better progress guarantee. Which ultimately should be more maintainable
going forward.

> And you can not imagine how much I hate "[PATCH 19/20] fork: Have new threads
> join on-going signal group stops" ;) Because I spent HOURS looking at this trivial
> patch and I am still not sure...
> To clarify, the CLONE_THREAD with JOBCTL_STOP_PENDING case is simple, I am mostly
> worried about JOBCTL_TRAP_STOP/etc with or without CLONE_THREAD, this adds some
> subtle changes but unfortunately I failed to find something wrong so I
> can't argue

I can understand taking a hard look at JOBCTL_TRAP_STOP especially as it
gets mixed in with the multi-task (whole process) stop handling when at
least one of the tasks of a process are being ptraced. To make certain
I understood your concern I took a second look at it myself.

The ptrace actions are defined to only affect a single task, and except
for multi-task stop handling all of the jobctl bits are used for ptrace
actions. So I don't see how there is anything we could possibly miss
in the jobctl bits.


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