[RFC][PATCH 1/4] checkpoint-restart: general infrastructure

Dave Hansen dave at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Sat Aug 9 06:39:25 PDT 2008


On Sat, 2008-08-09 at 08:37 +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Saturday 09 August 2008, Dave Hansen wrote:
> > On Sat, 2008-08-09 at 00:39 +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > > The main problem I see with that would be atomicity: If you want multiple
> > > processes to keep interacting with each other, you need to save them at
> > > the same point in time, which gets harder as you split your interface into
> > > more than a single file descriptor.
> > 
> > It could take ages to write out a checkpoint even to a single fd, so I
> > suspect we'd have the exact same kinds of issues either way.
> 
> I guess either way, you have to SIGSTOP (or similar) all the tasks you want
> to checkpoint atomically before you start saving the contents.
> If you use a single fd, you can do that under the covers, when using a 
> more complex file system, it seems more logical to require an explicit
> interface for this.

Oh, we're already working on patches to the freezer code to do this for
us.  There's a branch in here from Matt H. that's doing just that:

http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/daveh/linux-2.6-next-lxc.git;a=shortlog

-- Dave



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