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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/9] sched/debug: Make sd->flags sysctl read-only
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On Thu, Mar 19 2020, Dietmar Eggemann wrote:
> On 11.03.20 19:15, Valentin Schneider wrote:
>> Writing to the sysctl of a sched_domain->flags directly updates the value of
>> the field, and goes nowhere near update_top_cache_domain(). This means that
>> the cached domain pointers can end up containing stale data (e.g. the
>> domain pointed to doesn't have the relevant flag set anymore).
>>
>> Explicit domain walks that check for flags will be affected by
>> the write, but this won't be in sync with the cached pointers which will
>> still point to the domains that were cached at the last sched_domain
>> build.
>>
>> In other words, writing to this interface is playing a dangerous game. It
>> could be made to trigger an update of the cached sched_domain pointers when
>> written to, but this does not seem to be worth the trouble. Make it
>> read-only.
>
> As long as I don't change SD flags for which cached SD pointers exist
> (SD_SHARE_PKG_RESOURCES, SD_NUMA, SD_ASYM_PACKING or
> SD_ASYM_CPUCAPACITY) the write-able interface still could make some sense.
>
> E.g. by enabling SD_BALANCE_WAKE on the fly, I can force !want_affine
> wakees into slow path.
>

True, although since there is no explicit differenciation between the
cached and !cached flags, this is still a landmined interface.

> The question is, do people use the writable flags interface to tweak
> select_task_rq_fair() behavior in this regard?

I did try asking around on IRC (which admittedly is just a small subset
of people) but didn't find anyone.

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