Re: [PATCH 2/2] cgroup: make css->refcnt clearing on cgroup removaloptional

From: Li Zefan
Date: Sat Mar 31 2012 - 22:00:42 EST

Tejun Heo wrote:

> Currently, cgroup removal tries to drain all css references. If there
> are active css references, the removal logic waits and retries
> ->pre_detroy() until either all refs drop to zero or removal is
> cancelled.

I don't like this either.

> This semantics is unusual and adds non-trivial complexity to cgroup
> core and IMHO is fundamentally misguided in that it couples internal
> implementation details (references to internal data structure) with
> externally visible operation (rmdir). To userland, this is a behavior
> peculiarity which is unnecessary and difficult to expect (css refs is
> otherwise invisible from userland), and, to policy implementations,
> this is an unnecessary restriction (e.g. blkcg wants to hold css refs
> for caching purposes but can't as that becomes visible as rmdir hang).
> Unfortunately, memcg currently depends on ->pre_destroy() retrials and
> cgroup removal vetoing and can't be immmediately switched to the new
> behavior. This patch introduces the new behavior of not waiting for
> css refs to drain and maintains the old behavior for subsystems which
> have __DEPRECATED_clear_css_refs set.
> Once, memcg is updated, we can drop the code paths for the old
> behavior as proposed in the following patch. Note that the following
> patch is incorrect in that dput work item is in cgroup and may lose
> some of dputs when multiples css's are released back-to-back, and
> __css_put() triggers check_for_release() when refcnt reaches 0 instead
> of 1; however, it shows what part can be removed.
> Note that, in not-too-distant future, cgroup core will start emitting
> warning messages for subsys which require the old behavior, so please
> get moving.
> Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx>

Both patches look good.

Acked-by: Li Zefan <lizefan@xxxxxxxxxx>

and I'd like to see code shrink with memcg updates ASAP.

> Cc: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Johannes Weiner <hannes@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxx>
> Cc: Balbir Singh <bsingharora@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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