Re: [PATCH] kthread: Enhance kthread_stop to abort interruptible sleeps

From: Eric W. Biederman
Date: Tue Apr 24 2007 - 06:32:32 EST

Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Fri, 13 Apr 2007 21:13:13 -0600 ebiederm@xxxxxxxxxxxx (Eric W. Biederman)
> wrote:
>> This patch reworks kthread_stop so it is more flexible and it causes
>> the target kthread to abort interruptible sleeps. Allowing a larger
>> class of kernel threads to use to the kthread API.
>> The changes start by defining TIF_KTHREAD_STOP on all architectures.
>> TIF_KTHREAD_STOP is a per process flag that I can set from another
>> process to indicate that a kernel thread should stop.
>> wake_up_process in kthread_stop has been replaced by signal_wake_up
>> ensuring that the kernel thread if sleeping is woken up in a timely
>> manner and with TIF_SIGNAL_PENDING set, which causes us to break out
>> of interruptible sleeps.
>> recalc_signal_pending was modified to keep TIF_SIGNAL_PENDING set for
>> as long as TIF_KTHREAD_STOP is set.
>> Arbitrary paths to do_exit are now allowed. I have placed a
>> completion on the thread stack and pointed vfork_done at it, when the
>> mm_release is called from do_exit the completion will be called.
>> Since the completion is stored on the stack it is important that
>> kthread() now calls do_exit ensuring the stack frame that holds the
>> completion is never released, and so that our exit_code is certain to
>> make it unchanged all the way to do_exit.
>> To allow kthread_stop to read the process exit code when exit_mm wakes
>> it up I have moved the setting of exit_code to the beginning of
>> do_exit.
> This patch causes this oops:
> with this config:

Thanks. If I am reading the oops properly this happened during bootup and
vfork_done was set to NULL?

The NULL vfork_done is really weird as exec is the only thing that sets
vfork_done to NULL.

Either I've got a stupid bug in there somewhere or we have just found
the weirdest memory stomp. I will take a look and see if I can reproduce
this shortly.

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