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Date:	Sun, 8 Nov 2009 16:30:40 +0530
From:	"Dasgupta, Romit" <romit@...com>
To:	Pavel Machek <pavel@....cz>
CC:	"Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@...k.pl>,
	"linux-omap@...r.kernel.org" <linux-omap@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-pm@...ts.linux-foundation.org" 
	<linux-pm@...ts.linux-foundation.org>
Subject: RE: [PATCH 1/1] PM: Thaws refrigerated and to be exited kernel
 threads



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pavel Machek [mailto:pavel@....cz]
> Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2009 1:57 PM
> To: Dasgupta, Romit
> Cc: Rafael J. Wysocki; linux-omap@...r.kernel.org; linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org;
> linux-pm@...ts.linux-foundation.org
> Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/1] PM: Thaws refrigerated and to be exited kernel threads
> 
> On Sun 2009-11-08 09:52:52, Dasgupta, Romit wrote:
> > > Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/1] PM: Thaws refrigerated and to be exited kernel
> > > threads
> > >
> > > Hi!
> > >
> > > > Kicks out a frozen thread from the refrigerator when an active thread has
> > > > invoked kthread_stop on the frozen thread.
> ...
> > > > @@ -49,7 +50,7 @@ void refrigerator(void)
> > > >
> > > >  	for (;;) {
> > > >  		set_current_state(TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE);
> > > > -		if (!frozen(current))
> > > > +		if (!frozen(current) || (!current->mm &&
> kthread_should_stop()))
> > > >  			break;
> > > >  		schedule();
> > >
> > > Well, what if the thread does some processing before stopping? That
> > > would break refrigerator assumptions...
> >
> > The suspend thread will block until the 'to be stopped' thread clears up. That is
> what any call to kthread_stop would boil down to. The target thread would
> anyway be out of the refrigerator so I am not sure what assumption you mean
> here. Eventually, the target thread would clear up and wake up the suspend
> thread and then things would go on as usual.
> 
> (Please format to 80 columns).
> 
> No, I do not get it.
> 
> Lets say we have
> 
> evil_data_writer thread that needs to be stopped becuase it writes to
> filesystem
> 
> nofreeze random_stopper thread
> 
> now we create the suspend image, and start writing it out. But that's
> okay, evil_data_writer is stopped so it can't do no harm. But now
> random_stopper decides to thread_stop() the evil_data_writer, and this
> new code allows it to exit the refrigerator, *do some writing*, and
> then stop.
> 
> That's bad, right?

evil_data_writer will enter refrigerator after invoking 'try_to_freeze'. This should be followed by a call to kthread_should_stop. There it decides if it needs to exit the thread (after cleanups if necessary) or not. I have seen that the bdi_writeback_task function is like that. It does not care if there is pending data to be written if it detects that someone have invoked a 'kthread_stop' on it. It simply exits. I have seen some other kernel threads that do not follow this and I think that probably is not right. 
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