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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/1] mm: introduce process_reap system call
On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 2:45 PM Johannes Weiner <> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:51:36AM -0700, Suren Baghdasaryan wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:26 AM Andy Lutomirski <> wrote:
> > > Also, please consider removing all mention of the word "reap" from the
> > > user API. For better or for worse, "reap" in UNIX refers to what
> > > happens when a dead task gets wait()ed. I sincerely wish I could go
> > > back in time and gently encourage whomever invented that particular
> > > abomination to change their mind, but my time machine doesn't work.
> >
> > I see. Thanks for the note. How about process_mem_release() and
> > replacing reap with release everywhere?
> I don't quite understand the objection. This syscall works on tasks
> that are at the end of their life, right? Isn't something like
> process_mreap() establishing exactly the mental link we want here?
> Release is less descriptive for what this thing is to be used for.

For better or for worse, "reap" means to make a zombie pid go away.
From the description, this new operation takes a dying process (not
necessarily a zombie yet) and aggressively frees its memory. This is
a different optioneration.

How about "free_dying_process_memory"?

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