Re: [PATCH 2/2] coredump: exit_mm: clear ->mm first, then play with ->core_state

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Sun Jul 20 2008 - 08:20:38 EST

On 07/19, Roland McGrath wrote:
> > With the previous changes the sub-threads which participate in coredump do
> > not need to have the valid ->mm when the coredump is in progress, now we
> > can decouple exit_mm() from coredumping code.
> I'm all for separating the code more cleanly. But I don't think it can
> work to change the order of the operations, i.e. it is not really true that
> core dumps don't need each thread's ->mm link to be valid. Is there a
> benefit to unlinking the mm before waiting for the core dump to finish?

If select_bad_process() sees the PF_EXITING task with ->mm != NULL, it
returns ERR_PTR(-1). This means that any prcoess doing the mt coredump
blocks oom kill completely. It is not that oom_kill doesn't take this
process into account, oom_kill just can't work intil ->core_dump()

Yes, oom_kill.c in turn need fixes but still this is not nice, and I
personally hate this coredump code in the middle of exit_mm().


> The issue is that the user_regset calls to get "thread state" might
> actually read some user memory. Those calls use a task_struct pointer and
> you don't get to separately tell them the mm_struct describing the thread's
> address space. For example, the sparc64 "general registers" note for core
> files includes the register window read from user memory.
> So, it's not OK to clear the ->mm before everything examining the thread's
> machine state is really done, i.e. core dump and anything else.

Oh, thanks Roland.

Andrew, please drop


btw, arch/sparc64/kernel/ptrace.c has a lot of

if (target == current)

perhaps it make sense to make a helper. Just curious (I don't know what
regset is), is it possible that ->get() is called when target->mm == NULL?


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