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Date:	Tue, 23 Mar 2010 18:53:13 -0700
From:	Matt Helsley <matthltc@...ibm.com>
To:	Russell King - ARM Linux <linux@....linux.org.uk>
Cc:	Christoffer Dall <christofferdall@...istofferdall.dk>,
	containers <containers@...ts.linux-foundation.org>,
	linux-kernel <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	linux-arm-kernel <linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>
Subject: Re: [C/R ARM][PATCH 3/3] c/r: ARM implementation of
 checkpoint/restart

On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 09:18:43PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:

<snip> (sorry -- I'm not familiar with ARM so I can't respond to those)

> > +/* dump the thread_struct of a given task */
> > +int checkpoint_thread(struct ckpt_ctx *ctx, struct task_struct *t)
> > +{
> > +	int ret;
> > +	struct ckpt_hdr_thread *h;
> > +	struct thread_info *ti = task_thread_info(t);
> > +
> > +	h = ckpt_hdr_get_type(ctx, sizeof(*h), CKPT_HDR_THREAD);
> > +	if (!h)
> > +		return -ENOMEM;
> > +
> > +	/*
> > +	 * Store the syscall information about the checkpointed process
> > +	 * as we need to know if the process was doing a syscall (and which)
> > +	 * during restart.
> > +	 */
> > +	h->syscall = ti->syscall;
> > +
> > +	/*
> > +	 * Store remaining thread-specific info.
> > +	 */
> > +	h->tp_value = ti->tp_value;
> 
> How do you safely obtain consistent information from a thread?  Do you
> temporarily stop it?

It must be frozen with the cgroup freezer (which reuses the suspend freezer).
sys_checkpoint moves the cgroup freezer into the CHECKPOINTING state which
prevents tasks in that group from being thawed until just before checkpoint
returns.

Cheers,
	-Matt Helsley
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