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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm, oom_adj: avoid meaningless loop to find processes sharing mm
[I have only now noticed that the patch has been reposted]

On Mon 08-10-18 18:27:39, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> On 2018/10/08 17:38, Yong-Taek Lee wrote:
> >>
> >> On 2018/10/08 15:14, Yong-Taek Lee wrote:
> >>>> On 2018/10/08 10:19, Yong-Taek Lee wrote:
> >>>>> @@ -1056,6 +1056,7 @@ static int __set_oom_adj(struct file *file, int oom_adj, bool legacy)
> >>>>> struct mm_struct *mm = NULL;
> >>>>> struct task_struct *task;
> >>>>> int err = 0;
> >>>>> + int mm_users = 0;
> >>>>>
> >>>>> task = get_proc_task(file_inode(file));
> >>>>> if (!task)
> >>>>> @@ -1092,7 +1093,8 @@ static int __set_oom_adj(struct file *file, int oom_adj, bool legacy)
> >>>>> struct task_struct *p = find_lock_task_mm(task);
> >>>>>
> >>>>> if (p) {
> >>>>> - if (atomic_read(&p->mm->mm_users) > 1) {
> >>>>> + mm_users = atomic_read(&p->mm->mm_users);
> >>>>> + if ((mm_users > 1) && (mm_users != get_nr_threads(p))) {
> >>>>
> >>>> How can this work (even before this patch)? When clone(CLONE_VM without CLONE_THREAD/CLONE_SIGHAND)
> >>>> is requested, copy_process() calls copy_signal() in order to copy sig->oom_score_adj and
> >>>> sig->oom_score_adj_min before calling copy_mm() in order to increment mm->mm_users, doesn't it?
> >>>> Then, we will get two different "struct signal_struct" with different oom_score_adj/oom_score_adj_min
> >>>> but one "struct mm_struct" shared by two thread groups.
> >>>>
> >>>
> >>> Are you talking about race between __set_oom_adj and copy_process?
> >>> If so, i agree with your opinion. It can not set oom_score_adj properly for copied process if __set_oom_adj
> >>> check mm_users before copy_process calls copy_mm after copy_signal. Please correct me if i misunderstood anything.
> >>
> >> You understand it correctly.
> >>
> >> Reversing copy_signal() and copy_mm() is not sufficient either. We need to use a read/write lock
> >> (read lock for copy_process() and write lock for __set_oom_adj()) in order to make sure that
> >> the thread created by clone() becomes reachable from for_each_process() path in __set_oom_adj().
> >>
> >
> > Thank you for your suggestion. But i think it would be better to seperate to 2 issues. How about think these
> > issues separately because there are no dependency between race issue and my patch. As i already explained,
> > for_each_process path is meaningless if there is only one thread group with many threads(mm_users > 1 but
> > no other thread group sharing same mm). Do you have any other idea to avoid meaningless loop ?
>
> Yes. I suggest reverting commit 44a70adec910d692 ("mm, oom_adj: make sure processes
> sharing mm have same view of oom_score_adj") and commit 97fd49c2355ffded ("mm, oom:
> kill all tasks sharing the mm").

This would require a lot of other work for something as border line as
weird threading model like this. I will think about something more
appropriate - e.g. we can take mmap_sem for read while doing this check
and that should prevent from races with [v]fork.

--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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