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Date:	Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:15:57 +0900
From:	Tetsuo Handa <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] lib/vsprintf: add %pT[C012] format specifier

Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> Since my purpose is to make reading of task_struct->comm consistent, %pT-like
> extension is what I want for centralizing pointer dereferences.

If we have no objections for %pT[C012] patch, I'd like to propose a counterpart
patch for users reading/copying task_struct->comm for non-printing purposes.
With %pT[C012] patch and this patch, we can convert almost all
task_struct->comm users.
>>From 89e676ddce3e2a232fbb760085a1954cd53c8b63 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Tetsuo Handa <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:54:39 +0900
Subject: [PATCH] exec: Add wrapper functions for reading/copying task_struct->comm.

Since task_struct->comm can be modified by other threads while the current
thread is reading it, it is recommended to use get_task_comm() for reading it.

However, since get_task_comm() holds task_struct->alloc_lock spinlock,
some users cannot use get_task_comm(). Also, a lot of users are directly
reading from task_struct->comm even if they can use get_task_comm().
Such users might obtain inconsistent comm name.

This patch introduces wrapper functions for reading/copying task_struct->comm
so that in the future we need to modify only these wrapper functions to obtain
consistent comm name.

Users directly reading from task_struct->comm for printing purpose can use
%pT[C012] format specifiers rather than these wrapper functions.

Signed-off-by: Tetsuo Handa <>
 include/linux/sched.h |   34 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 34 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/linux/sched.h b/include/linux/sched.h
index 53f97eb..ead439f 100644
--- a/include/linux/sched.h
+++ b/include/linux/sched.h
@@ -1665,6 +1665,40 @@ static inline cputime_t task_gtime(struct task_struct *t)
 extern void task_cputime_adjusted(struct task_struct *p, cputime_t *ut, cputime_t *st);
 extern void thread_group_cputime_adjusted(struct task_struct *p, cputime_t *ut, cputime_t *st);
+ * commcmp - Compare task_struct->comm .
+ *
+ * @tsk:  Pointer to "struct task_struct".
+ * @comm: Comm name.
+ *
+ * Returns return value of strcmp(@tsk->comm, @comm).
+ *
+ * Please use this wrapper function which will be updated in the future to read
+ * @tsk->comm in a consistent way.
+ */
+static inline int commcmp(const struct task_struct *tsk, const char *comm)
+	return strcmp(tsk->comm, comm);
+ * commcpy - Copy task_struct->comm to buffer.
+ *
+ * @buf: Buffer to copy @tsk->comm which must be at least TASK_COMM_LEN bytes.
+ * @tsk: Pointer to "struct task_struct".
+ *
+ * Returns return value of memcpy(@buf, @tsk->comm, TASK_COMM_LEN).
+ *
+ * Please use get_task_comm(@buf, @tsk) if it is safe to call task_lock(@tsk),
+ * for get_task_comm() reads @tsk->comm in a consistent way. Otherwise, please
+ * use this wrapper function which will be updated in the future to read
+ * @tsk->comm in a consistent way.
+ */
+static inline void *commcpy(void *buf, const struct task_struct *tsk)
+	return memcpy(buf, tsk->comm, TASK_COMM_LEN);
  * Per process flags
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