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

Louis Rilling Louis.Rilling at kerlabs.com
Thu Aug 6 04:24:50 PDT 2009

On 06/08/09  3:28 -0700, Paul Menage wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 2:58 AM, Louis Rilling<Louis.Rilling at kerlabs.com> wrote:
> >
> > mutex_lock_nested is not enough, since this would require putting each thread's
> > mutex in a different class. Again, something like mutex_lock_nest_lock() is
> > the solution, especially since Peter's recent improvement.
> >
> OK, well if lockdep can't currently handle the "writer takes a lock on
> every thread" model, then maybe we should go with a simpler model
> until someone shows a performance issue with it? Ben's original
> patches had a per-task_struct lock, and a thread forking with CLONE_VM
> would down_read() its group leader's lock. Something that's even
> simpler (doesn't have to deal with thread group leader changing due to
> an execve()), and avoids the per-task_struct overhead would be to put
> the lock in sighand_struct instead (so only one per process). The
> procs file writer does a down_write(&tsk->sighand->fork_sem), and
> cgroup_fork() can do a down_read(&current->sighand->fork_sem) if
> If you put it as the second member of sighand_struct, there wouldn't
> even be any extra cacheline bouncing in the common case, since
> copy_sighand() would already have brought that line into cache in
> order to do atomic_inc(&current->sighand->count)

You meant signal_struct, right? sighand_struct can be shared by several
thread groups, while signal_struct can't.


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