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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 2/6] posix-cpu-timers: Use PIDTYPE_TGID to simplify the logic in lookup_task
Thomas Gleixner <> writes:

> (Eric W. Biederman) writes:
>> Using pid_task(find_vpid(N), PIDTYPE_TGID) guarantees that if a task
>> is found it is at that moment the thread group leader. Which removes
>> the need for the follow on test has_group_leader_pid.
>> I have reorganized the rest of the code in lookup_task for clarity,
>> and created a common return for most of the code.
> Sorry, it's way harder to read than the very explicit exits which were
> there before.

My biggest gripe is the gettime and the ordinary !thread case should
be sharing code and they are not. I know historically why they don't
but for all practical purposes has_group_leader_pid and
thread_group_leader are the same test.

>> The special case for clock_gettime with "pid == gettid" is not my
>> favorite. I strongly suspect it isn't used as gettid is such a pain,
>> and passing 0 is much easier. Still it is easier to keep this special
>> case than to do the reasarch that will show it isn't used.
> It might be not your favorite, but when I refactored the code I learned
> the hard way that one of the test suites has assumptions that
> clock_gettime(PROCESS) works from any task of a group and not just for
> the group leader. Sure we could fix the test suite, but test code tends
> to be copied ...

Do you know which test suite?
It would be nice to see such surprising code with my own eyes.

I completely agree that clock_gettime(PROCESS) should work for any task
of a group. I would think anything with a constant like that would just
be passing in 0, which is trivial. Looking up your threadid seems like
extra work.

Mostly my complaint is that the gettime subcase is an awkward special
case. Added in 33ab0fec3352 ("posix-timers: Consolidate
posix_cpu_clock_get()") and the only justification for changing the
userspace ABI was that it made things less awkward to combine to
branches of code.

>> /*
>> * Functions for validating access to tasks.
>> */
>> -static struct task_struct *lookup_task(const pid_t pid, bool thread,
>> +static struct task_struct *lookup_task(const pid_t which_pid, bool thread,
>> bool gettime)
>> {
>> struct task_struct *p;
>> + struct pid *pid;
>> /*
>> * If the encoded PID is 0, then the timer is targeted at current
>> * or the process to which current belongs.
>> */
>> - if (!pid)
>> + if (!which_pid)
>> return thread ? current : current->group_leader;
>> - p = find_task_by_vpid(pid);
>> - if (!p)
>> - return p;
>> -
>> - if (thread)
>> - return same_thread_group(p, current) ? p : NULL;
>> -
>> - if (gettime) {
>> + pid = find_vpid(which_pid);
>> + if (thread) {
>> + p = pid_task(pid, PIDTYPE_PID);
>> + if (p && !same_thread_group(p, current))
>> + p = NULL;
>> + } else {
>> /*
>> * For clock_gettime(PROCESS) the task does not need to be
>> * the actual group leader. tsk->sighand gives
>> @@ -76,13 +75,13 @@ static struct task_struct *lookup_task(const pid_t pid, bool thread,
>> * reference on it and store the task pointer until the
>> * timer is destroyed.
> Btw, this comment is wrong since
> 55e8c8eb2c7b ("posix-cpu-timers: Store a reference to a pid not a task")

It is definitely stale. It continues to describe the motive for
limiting ourselves to a thread_group_leader.

I am cooking up a patch to tweak that comment, and get replace of
has_group_leader_pid. Since it is unnecessary I just want to decouple
that work from this patchset.


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