Re: [PATCH] [request for inclusion] Realtime LSM

From: Peter Williams
Date: Tue Mar 08 2005 - 00:45:35 EST

Andrew Morton wrote:
Matt Mackall <mpm@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I think Chris Wright's last rlimit patch is more sensible and ready to

I must say that I like rlimits - very straightforward, although somewhat
awkward to use from userspace due to shortsighted shell design.

Does anyone have serious objections to this approach?

I don't object to rlimits per se and I think that they are useful but not as a sole solution to this problem. Being able to give a task preferential treatment is a permissions issue and should be solved as one.

Having RT cpu usage limits on tasks is a useful tool to have when granting normal users the privilege of running tasks as RT tasks so that you can limit the damage that they can do BUT the presence of a limit on a task is not a very good criterion for granting that privilege.

The granting of the ability to switch to and from RT mode should require a means to specify which users it applies to and also which programs it applies to. The RT rlimits mechanism doesn't meet these criteria.

In summary, IMHO you should put them both in but modify the RT rlimits patch so that it plays no part in the decision as to whether the task is allowed to run as RT or not.

Peter Williams pwil3058@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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