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Date:	Sun, 4 Jul 2010 12:00:05 +0300
From:	"Michael S. Tsirkin" <>
To:	Oleg Nesterov <>
Cc:	Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Sridhar Samudrala <>, Tejun Heo <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>, netdev <>,
	lkml <>,
	"" <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Dmitri Vorobiev <>,
	Jiri Kosina <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Andi Kleen <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH repost] sched: export sched_set/getaffinity to modules

On Fri, Jul 02, 2010 at 11:06:37PM +0200, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> On 07/02, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, 2010-07-02 at 11:01 -0700, Sridhar Samudrala wrote:
> > >
> > >  Does  it (Tejun's kthread_clone() patch) also  inherit the
> > > cgroup of the caller?
> >
> > Of course, its a simple do_fork() which inherits everything just as you
> > would expect from a similar sys_clone()/sys_fork() call.
> Yes. And I'm afraid it can inherit more than we want. IIUC, this is called
> from ioctl(), right?
> Then the new thread becomes the natural child of the caller, and it shares
> ->mm with the parent. And files, dup_fd() without CLONE_FS.
> Signals. Say, if you send SIGKILL to this new thread, it can't sleep in
> TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE or KILLABLE after that. And this SIGKILL can be sent
> just because the parent gets SIGQUIT or abother coredumpable signal.
> Or the new thread can recieve SIGSTOP via ^Z.
> Perhaps this is OK, I do not know. Just to remind that kernel_thread()
> is merely clone(CLONE_VM).
> Oleg.

Right. Doing this might break things like flush.  The signal and exit
behaviour needs to be examined carefully. I am also unsure whether
using such threads might be more expensive than inheriting kthreadd.

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