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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 0/7] freezer for cgroup v2
On 02/19, Roman Gushchin wrote:
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> It provides similar functionality as v1 freezer, but the interface
> conforms to the cgroup v2 interface design principles, and it
> provides a better user experience: tasks can be killed, ptrace works,

I tried to not argue with intent, but to be honest I am more and more
sceptical... Lets forget about ptrace for the moment.

Once again, why do we want a killable freezer?

If a user wants to kill a frozen task from CGRP_FROZEN cgroup he can simply

1. send SIGKILL to that task

2. migrate it to the root cgroup.

why this doesn't / can't work?



Why I am starting to argue... The ability to kill a frozen task complicates
the code, and since cgroup_enter_stopped() (in this version at least) doesn't
properly interacts with freezable_schedule() leads to other problems.

From 7/7:

+ cgroup.freeze
+ A read-write single value file which exists on non-root cgroups.
+ Allowed values are "0" and "1". The default is "0".
+
+ Writing "1" to the file causes freezing of the cgroup and all
+ descendant cgroups. This means that all belonging processes will
+ be stopped and will not run until the cgroup will be explicitly
+ unfrozen. Freezing of the cgroup may take some time;
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
it may take infinite time.

Just suppose that a task does vfork() and this races with cgroup_do_freeze(true).
If the new child notices JOBCTL_TRAP_FREEZE before exit/exec the cgroup will be
never frozen.

If I read the current kernel/cgroup/freezer.c correctly, CGROUP_FREEZING should
"always" work (unless a task hangs in D state) and to me this looks more important
than kill/ptrace support...

> there is no separate controller, which has to be enabled, etc.

agreed, this is nice.

Oleg.

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