Re: [PATCH 0/4] exit: Make unlikely case in mm_update_next_owner() more scalable

From: Michal Hocko
Date: Fri Jun 01 2018 - 11:02:28 EST

On Fri 01-06-18 09:32:42, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > Group leader exiting early without tearing down the whole thread
> > group should be quite rare as well. No question that somebody might do
> > that on purpose though...
> The group leader exiting early is a completely legitimate and reasonable
> thing to do, even if it is rare.

I am not saying it isn't legitimate. But the most common case is the
main thread waiting for its threads or calling exit which would tear the
whole group down. Is there any easy way to achieve this other than tkill
to group leader? Calling exit(3) from the leader performs group exit

I am not arguing this is non-issue. And it certainly is a problem once
somebody wants to be nasty... I was more interested how often this
really happens for sane workloads.
Michal Hocko