[PATCHSET cgroup/for-3.8] cgroup_freezer: allow migration regardless of freezer state and update locking

Tejun Heo tj at kernel.org
Fri Oct 19 00:01:53 UTC 2012

Hello, Matt.

On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 04:47:26PM -0700, Matt Helsley wrote:
> > I think the only sane way would be having a userland arbitrator which
> > owns the kernel interface to itself and makes policy decisions from
> > userland clients and configures cgroup accordingly.
> OK -- yeah, solving the arbitration issue in userspace might be best.

Yeah, I think we need that but there currently isn't any concrete (or
even floppy) plan for it.  If anyone is interested, beer is on me. :)

> > I think that should be solved via userland policies rather than
> > depending on this accidental cgroup_freezer feature.
> It's not accidental -- it *was an intended feature*:
>   22 # This bash script tests freezer code by starting a long sleep process.
>   23 # The sleep process is frozen. We then move the sleep process to a THAWED
>   24 # cgroup. We expect moving the sleep process to fail.
> ( This atrocious link is the easiest way to see the testcase:
> http://ltp.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=ltp/ltp.git;a=blob;f=testcases/kernel/controllers/freezer/freeze_move_thaw.sh;h=b2d5a83506a8425b117be9ff775d9f73d2d58393;hb=0436176dbfe6fdaaf97590d2356eb23d2739b2c2
> )
> It was intended for something very much like the CRIU case I mentioned
> :).

I probably have chosen the wrong word.  I mean that it's a hierarchy
management feature implemented at the wrong layer.  If we want to
provide cgroup migration locking, it should be implemented at the
cgroup core layer as a controller independent feature.  It's kinda
interesting the incorrect layering here almost directly caused messy
locking problem too.  I hope we don't need it with (the imaginary)
proper userland arbitration but even if we do implementing it in
cgroup proper as a separate feature would be a lot less messy.



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