[RFC][PATCH 00/11] track files for checkpointability

Greg Kurz gkurz at fr.ibm.com
Fri Mar 6 07:08:41 PST 2009

On Fri, 2009-03-06 at 01:00 +0300, Alexey Dobriyan wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 05, 2009 at 01:27:07PM -0800, Dave Hansen wrote:
> > > Imagine, unsupported file is opened between userspace checks
> > > for /proc/*/checkpointable and /proc/*/fdinfo/*/checkpointable
> > > and whatever, you stil have to do all the checks inside checkpoint(2).
> > 
> > Alexey, we have two problems here.  I completely agree that we have to
> > do complete and thorough checks of each file descriptor at
> > sys_checkpoint().  Any checks made at other times should not be trusted.
> > 
> > The other side is what Ingo has been asking for.  How do we *know* when
> > we are checkpointable *before* we call (and without calling)
> This "without calling checkpoint(2)" results in much complications
> as demonstrated.
> task_struct and file are not like other structures because they are exposed
> in /proc. For PROC_FS=n kernels, one can't even check.
> You can do checkpoint(2) without actual dump. You pass, you're most
> certainly checkpointable (with inevitable race condition in mind).

Ahhh thank you very much Alexey ! I wanted to explain this to Dave a few
monthes ago but I failed... probably because of my poor English skills.


Why would we add checking all over the place when it MUST be done on the
sys_checkpoint() path ? The checkpoint(2) dry-run is definitely the way
to go.

> With time the amount of stuff C/R won't support will approach zero,
> but the infrastructure for "checkpointable" will stay constant.
> If it's too much right now, it will be way too much in future.
> > sys_checkpoint()?  You are yet to acknowledge that this is a valid use
> > case, but it is exactly what Ingo is asking for, I believe.
> It's a valid requirement.
> > If nice printk()s are sufficient to cover what Ingo wants, I'm quite
> > happy to remove the /proc files.  
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