[PATCH] Switch nfs/callback.c to using struct pid, not pid_t

Trond Myklebust trond.myklebust at fys.uio.no
Wed Aug 29 07:10:41 PDT 2007

On Wed, 2007-08-29 at 14:52 +0100, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 05:36:24PM +0400, Pavel Emelyanov wrote:
> > Pid namespaces make it dangerous to use pid and tgid values
> > when run in some namespace. The struct pid itself is going
> > to be the only way for working with task pids, so make the
> > nfs callback thread use it.
> > 
> > Since nfs_callback_info.pid is set to current's one and reset
> > on the thread exit, it is safe not to get the struct pid. 
> > 
> > Since this pid is used later under lock_kernel() w/o sleeping 
> > operations, checking for i to be not NULL and killing the 
> > thread with kill_pid() is safe.
> NACK.  This just makes the code even more obscure.  Please get rid
> of the pid references entirely and convert the code to the kthread
> API.

That would require converting the full sunrpc server code to use
kthreads, which again means changing nfsd, and lockd too.

I'm not saying that is a bad thing, but it is nontrivial to do. In
particular, kthread's abominable shutdown mechanism simply does not work
or scale when the thread is listening for new requests in svc_recv().


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