Re: [PATCH] getrusage: fill ru_maxrss value

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Tue Dec 02 2008 - 11:06:59 EST

On 12/02, Jiri Pirko wrote:
> Based on the patch previously posted by Frank Mayhar:
> Changed to do not panic and to set the value properly. Also made some
> modifications as Oleg suggested. maxrss value is set to pages as "time"
> application converts it co KBs.
> This patch enables "time" application to show maxresident value
> correctly.

I believe the changelog could be a bit more descriptive ;)
And I think the patch needs more CCs. (Hugh and Michael cc'ed).

What about exec? Should we preserve signal_struct->maxrss, or should
we reset it? I don't know what is the right behaviour, but imho it
should be consistent with task_mem()/xacct_add_tsk(). And since
bprm_mm_init() does not copy ->hiwater_xxx, perhaps we should reset.
Or we should change the exec_mmap() path to preserve ->hiwater_xxx,
I dunno.

> Note that even without this patch applied there is a race between two
> parallel update_hiwater_rss() callers.
> [...snip...]
> @@ -1051,6 +1051,8 @@ NORET_TYPE void do_exit(long code)
> if (tsk->mm) {
> update_hiwater_rss(tsk->mm);
> update_hiwater_vm(tsk->mm);
> +
> + tsk->signal->maxrss = tsk->mm->hiwater_rss;

Yes. But still it is not good the patch adds new racy calls
(k_getrusage() too). And in fact I think this code in do_exit()
should die, and we can update signal->maxrss in exit_mm().

Unless I missed something, the "if (tsk->mm) {}" code in
do_exit() is not needed because xacct_add_tsk() is not right
anyway. What we imho need is get_mm_hiwater_xxx(), can be
also used by task_mm().

I'll send the patch a bit later, then we can tweak this patch.

Do you agree?

(just in case, I don't mean that mm/ uses update_hiwater_xxx()
"safely", afaics try_to_unmap can race with unmap_region
for example, but still).


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