Re: [PATCH v4 2/3] genirq: reimplement exit_irq_thread() hook viatask_work_add()

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Tue Apr 17 2012 - 12:30:26 EST

On 04/17, David Howells wrote:
> Oleg Nesterov <oleg@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 2. change irq_thread() to do task_queue_work(irq_thread_dtor)
> > at the start and task_work_cancel() before return.
> >
> > tracehook_notify_resume() can never play with kthreads,
> > only do_exit()->exit_task_work() can call the callback
> > and this is what we want.
> Hmmm... This seems wrong.

I don't agree...

> You're now using the hook in two distinct ways:
> the primary use of that the hook is to detect that userspace is about to
> resume processing (via TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME)


> and then you're abusing the fact
> that the hook is also invoked via do_exit() to perform a clean up because
> we've got to get rid of it somehow under that circumstance.

Yes, and please note that this cleanup is only needed if irq thread

> This only works for you because you're operating in a kernel thread which
> doesn't have a userspace (and so will never see TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME).


> However,
> if someone tries that in an ordinary thread,

Sure, nobody should do this with the ordinary thread. At least
exactly this.

> it is liable to malfunction as
> the record could be executed and deleted at some unpredictable point in the
> future.

"In the future" is not possible (and this doesn't depend on
PF_KTHREAD). irq_thread() does task_work_cancel() before return.
And until it returns it returns the work can't be executed
unless this task exits in between.


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