Re: [PATCH 0/3] v4 Improve task->comm locking situation

From: KOSAKI Motohiro
Date: Wed May 18 2011 - 00:11:10 EST

(2011/05/18 12:16), Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> What about replacing
> char comm[TASK_COMM_LEN];
> with
> char *rcu_commname;
> and switching it atomically using RCU?
> Advantages:
> Readers can use RCU read lock rather than spinlock.
> Makes task_struct smaller.
> Disadvantages:
> Need to allocate TASK_COMM_LEN bytes upon dup_task_struct() and set_task_comm().
> Need to rewrite all task_struct.comm readers (steps shown below).
> Steps to rewrite task_struct.comm readers
> (1) Introduce a temporary accessor (say, task_comm).
> #define task_comm(tsk) (tsk)->comm
> (2) Rewrite all tsk->comm users to task_comm(tsk).
> (3) Replace sizeof(tsk->comm) with TASK_COMM_LEN.

The problem is, they aren't a few. But if you have a enough brave,
you can rewrite all. I'm not against it.

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