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SubjectRe: [RFC 2/2] signal: extend pidfd_send_signal() to allow expedited process killing
On Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 2:45 PM Roman Gushchin <guro@fb.com> wrote:
>
> On Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 10:09:06AM -0700, Suren Baghdasaryan wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 8:33 AM Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 06:43:53PM -0700, Suren Baghdasaryan wrote:
> > > > Add new SS_EXPEDITE flag to be used when sending SIGKILL via
> > > > pidfd_send_signal() syscall to allow expedited memory reclaim of the
> > > > victim process. The usage of this flag is currently limited to SIGKILL
> > > > signal and only to privileged users.
> > >
> > > What is the downside of doing expedited memory reclaim? ie why not do it
> > > every time a process is going to die?
>
> Hello, Suren!
>
> I also like the idea to reap always.
>
> > I think with an implementation that does not use/abuse oom-reaper
> > thread this could be done for any kill. As I mentioned oom-reaper is a
> > limited resource which has access to memory reserves and should not be
> > abused in the way I do in this reference implementation.
>
> In most OOM cases it doesn't matter that much which task to reap,
> so I don't think that reusing the oom-reaper thread is bad.
> It should be relatively easy to tweak in a way, that it won't
> wait for mmap_sem if there are other tasks waiting to be reaped.
> Also, the oom code add to the head of the list, and the expedited
> killing to the end, or something like this.
>
> The only think, if we're going to reap all tasks, we probably
> want to have a per-node oom_reaper thread.

Thanks for the ideas Roman. I'll take some time to digest the input
from everybody. What I heard from everyone is that we want this to be
a part of generic kill functionality which does not require a change
in userspace API.

> Thanks!
>
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