Re: [PATCH 4/6] mm, oom: skip over vforked tasks

From: Vladimir Davydov
Date: Fri May 27 2016 - 12:48:45 EST

On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 02:40:13PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx>
> vforked tasks are not really sitting on memory so it doesn't matter much
> to kill them. Parents are waiting for vforked task killable so it is
> better to chose parent which is the real mm owner. Teach oom_badness
> to ignore all tasks which haven't passed mm_release. oom_kill_process
> should ignore them as well because they will drop the mm soon and they
> will not block oom_reaper because they cannot touch any memory.

That is, if a process calls vfork->exec to spawn a child, and a newly
spawned child happens to invoke oom somewhere in exec, instead of
killing the child, which hasn't done anything yet, we'll kill the main
process while the child continues to run. Not sure if it's really bad

> @@ -839,6 +841,13 @@ void oom_kill_process(struct oom_control *oc, struct task_struct *p,
> for_each_process(p) {
> if (!process_shares_mm(p, mm))
> continue;
> + /*
> + * vforked tasks are ignored because they will drop the mm soon
> + * hopefully and even if not they will not mind being oom
> + * reaped because they cannot touch any memory.

They shouldn't modify memory, but they still can touch it AFAIK.

> + */
> + if (p->vfork_done)
> + continue;
> if (same_thread_group(p, victim))
> continue;
> if (unlikely(p->flags & PF_KTHREAD) || is_global_init(p) ||