Re: [PATCH 1/3] futex_find_get_task: remove an obscure EXIT_ZOMBIE check

From: hui
Date: Mon Aug 21 2006 - 19:59:30 EST

On Mon, Aug 21, 2006 at 09:06:04PM +0400, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> (Compile tested).
> futex_find_get_task:
> if (p->state == EXIT_ZOMBIE || p->exit_state == EXIT_ZOMBIE)
> return NULL;
> I can't understand this. First, p->state can't be EXIT_ZOMBIE. The ->exit_state
> check looks strange too. Sub-threads or tasks whose ->parent ignores SIGCHLD go
> directly to EXIT_DEAD state (I am ignoring a ptrace case). Why EXIT_DEAD tasks
> should be ok? Yes, EXIT_ZOMBIE is more important (a task may stay zombie for a
> long time), but this doesn't mean we should explicitely ignore other EXIT_XXX
> states.

The p->state variable for EXIT_ZOMBIE is only live for some mystery architecture
in arch/xtensa/kernel/ptrace.c

It could be a typo under architecture so maybe it's better fixed there as well
with a "state" to "exit_state" change. I don't really know for sure since I don't
work under that architecure.


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