[PATCH 6/6] Makes procs file writable to move all threads by tgid at once

Louis Rilling Louis.Rilling at kerlabs.com
Wed Aug 5 09:42:18 PDT 2009

On 05/08/09  9:11 -0700, Paul Menage wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 3:20 AM, Louis Rilling<Louis.Rilling at kerlabs.com> wrote:
> >
> > The downside of this is teaching lockdep about this recursive locking. Not that
> > simple actually...
> Don't we just give each thread's lock its own lock class? That's what
> we did for the cgroup hierarchy_mutex.

Given that lock classes must be static and that lockdep only supports a limited
lock depth, this is an issue for processes having many threads.

> > so that such cases are currently handled using a higher-level
> > lock that prevents races in locking the whole chain (there was one such example
> > for locking all vmas with KVM). IIUC, the intent here is to avoid such
> > higher-level lock.
> cgroup_mutex already fulfills the role of the higher-level lock.

If so (that is, here cgroup_mutex is taken before write-locking all threads'
rw_sem), then enhancing rwsem's interface in a similar way to the
spin_lock_nest_lock() interface could do it. There will still be an issue with
many threads and lockdep limited lock depth though.

Added Peter in CC.


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