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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/5] Introduce /proc/all/ to gather stats from all processes
On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 01:01:00AM +1000, Eugene Lubarsky wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:51:35 -0700
> Andrei Vagin <> wrote:
> > Maybe we need resurrect the task_diag series instead of inventing
> > another less-effective interface...
> I would certainly welcome the resurrection of task_diag - it is clearly
> more efficient than this /proc/all/ idea. It would be good to find out
> if there's anything in particular that's currently blocking it.

Unfotunatly, I don't have enough time to lead a process of pushing
task_diag into the upstream. So if it is interesting for you, you can
restart this process and I am ready to help as much as time will permit.

I think the main blocking issue was a lack of interest from the wide
audience to this. The slow proc is the problem just for a few users, but
task_diag is a big subsystem that repeats functionality of another
subsystem with all derived problems like code duplication.

Another blocking issue is a new interface. There was no consensus on
this. Initially, I suggested to use netlink sockets, but developers from
non-network subsystem objected on this, so the transaction file
interface was introduced. The main idea similar to netlink sockets is
that we write a request and read a response.

There were some security concerns but I think I fixed them.

> This RFC is mainly meant to check whether such an addition would
> be acceptable from an API point of view. It currently has an obvious
> performance issue in that seq_file seems to only return one page at a
> time so lots of read syscalls are still required. However I may not
> have the time to figure out a proposed fix for this by myself.
> Regardless, text-based formats can't match the efficiency of task_diag,
> but binary ones are also possible.

I don't have objections to this series. It can be an option if we
will decide that we don't want to do a major rework here.


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