Re: route cache DoS testing and softirqs

From: Rusty Russell
Date: Tue Mar 30 2004 - 21:37:45 EST

On Tue, 2004-03-30 at 15:06, Srivatsa Vaddagiri wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 30, 2004 at 01:07:12AM +0000, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> > btw, the set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE) before
> > kthread_should_stop seems overkill w.r.t. smp locking, plus the code is
> > written in the wrong way around, all set_current_state are in the wrong
> > place. It's harmless but I cleaned up that bit as well.
> I think set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE) before kthread_should_stop()
> _is_ required, otherwise kthread_stop can fail to destroy a kthread.

The problem is that kthread_stop used to send a signal to the kthread,
which meant we didn't have to beware of races (since it would never
sleep any more): kthread_should_stop() was called signal_pending 8)

Andrew hated the signal mechanism, so I abandoned it, but didn't go back
and fix all the users. It's tempting to send a signal anyway to make
life simpler, though, although that might set a bad example for others.

Anyone who quotes me in their signature is an idiot -- Rusty Russell

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