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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/9] kthread detection cleanup
On 14/08/2019 11:41, Mark Rutland wrote:
> A reasonable amount of kernel code looks at task_struct::mm to determine
> whether a thread is a kthread or a real user task. This isn't quite right,
> since kthreads can have a non-NULL mm when calling use_mm().
> The correct way to check whether a task is a kthread is to check whether
> PF_KTHREAD is set in task_struct::flags, but doing so is a bit unwieldy.
> To make this a bit nicer, this series adds a new is_kthread(tsk) helper,
> converts existing code to make use of it, and fixes up a number of erroneous
> checks of current->mm. Hopefully this will push people to use the right
> approach in future.
> I'm sure there are other instances in the kernel tree where we don't check this
> correctly. In this series I'm just trying to fix the instances I'm reasonably
> confident are incorrect.

I've only found one extra location in kernel/sched/ that seems like it
wants to use is_kthread(), included below. I can send it out separately
after this gets merged.

diff --git a/kernel/sched/core.c b/kernel/sched/core.c
index 4c4a0494c39b..0956972f6ea7 100644
--- a/kernel/sched/core.c
+++ b/kernel/sched/core.c
@@ -1964,11 +1964,10 @@ static int select_fallback_rq(int cpu, struct task_struct *p)
if (state != cpuset) {
- * Don't tell them about moving exiting tasks or
- * kernel threads (both mm NULL), since they never
- * leave kernel.
+ * Don't tell them about moving exiting tasks (NULL mm) or
+ * kernel threads since they never leave kernel.
- if (p->mm && printk_ratelimit()) {
+ if ((!is_kthread(p) && p->mm) && printk_ratelimit()) {
printk_deferred("process %d (%s) no longer affine to cpu%d\n",
task_pid_nr(p), p->comm, cpu);
Regarding sched/fair.c, I am quite convinced all of the p->mm checks are
genuine (as in they don't care if it's a kthread or not) - those are all
about NUMA balancing. Maybe Rik/Mel can correct me if I'm wrong.


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