[PATCH 3/6] cgroup: introduce cgroup_taskset and use it in subsys->can_attach(), cancel_attach() and attach()

Tejun Heo tj at kernel.org
Thu Aug 25 23:40:11 PDT 2011

Hello, Matt.

On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 07:38:18PM -0700, Matt Helsley wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 12:43:09AM +0200, Tejun Heo wrote:
> > Currently, there's no way to pass multiple tasks to cgroup_subsys
> > methods necessitating the need for separate per-process and per-task
> > methods.  This patch introduces cgroup_taskset which can be used to
> > pass multiple tasks and their associated cgroups to cgroup_subsys
> > methods.
> This will be the third iterator-ish pattern in the cgroup code.
> It's not your fault but it does seem a bit much to have:
> Is there a sane way to merge all this?

If merging isn't complicated and simplifies the code and its users,
definitely but I don't think that will be the case here.  If there are
different targets to iterate, having matching iterators isn't a weird
thing after all.  I personally am not too enthusiastic about mixing
locking with iterator (the implied read_lock in the cgroup iterator)
or iteration-by-callback but that's a different issue.

> Perhaps we could drop the iterator interfaces in 1) and 2) and replace
> it with:
> 		tset cgroup_taskset_from_cgroup(cgroup)
> which would grab the css set lock to construct the tset from the given
> cgroup -- essentially inlining the current iterator code into a single
> function.

* It doesn't need to walk the whole cgroup.

* It requires stable set of tasks (ie. atomicity w.r.t. the thread
  group) with sleepable context which is currently achieved by a rwsem
  in the task to protect against fork and getting an extra reference
  to the tasks in the set.

I don't think widening the scope would achieve much (why do we want to
pass in unrelated tasks to subsystems as a single bundle?) while
introducing unnecessary scalability limitation (moving out a single
process ends up being an operation on the whole cgroup).

I don't see how it would be better but, if you do, please go ahead.
Consolidating stuff is (almost) always a good idea. :)



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