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SubjectRe: [PATCH] proc: Allow pid_revalidate() during LOOKUP_RCU
Date (Eric W. Biederman) writes:
> Stephen Brennan <> writes:
>> The pid_revalidate() function requires dropping from RCU into REF lookup
>> mode. When many threads are resolving paths within /proc in parallel,
>> this can result in heavy spinlock contention as each thread tries to
>> grab a reference to the /proc dentry (and drop it shortly thereafter).
>> Allow the pid_revalidate() function to execute under LOOKUP_RCU. When
>> updates must be made to the inode due to the owning task performing
>> setuid(), drop out of RCU and into REF mode.
> So rather than get_task_rcu_user. I think what we want is a function
> that verifies task->rcu_users > 0.
> Which frankly is just "pid_task(proc_pid(inode), PIDTYPE_PID)".
> Which is something that we can do unconditionally in pid_revalidate.
> Skipping the update of the inode is probably the only thing that needs
> to be skipped.
> It looks like the code can safely rely on the the security_task_to_inode
> in proc_pid_make_inode and remove the security_task_to_inode in
> pid_update_inode.

This makes sense, I'll get rid of the get_task_rcu_user() stuff in a v2.

>> Signed-off-by: Stephen Brennan <>
>> ---
>> I'd like to use this patch as an RFC on this approach for reducing spinlock
>> contention during many parallel path lookups in the /proc filesystem. The
>> contention can be triggered by, for example, running ~100 parallel instances of
>> "TZ=/etc/localtime ps -fe >/dev/null" on a 100CPU machine. The %sys utilization
>> in such a case reaches around 90%, and profiles show two code paths with high
>> utilization:
> Do you have a real world work-load that is behaves something like this
> micro benchmark? I am just curious how severe the problem you are
> trying to solve is.

We have seen this issue occur internally with monitoring scripts
(perhaps a bit misconfigured, I'll admit). However I don't have an exact
sample workload that I can give you.


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