Re: [PATCH] cgroup: Fix root_count when mount fails due to busy subsystem

From: Paul Menage
Date: Fri Jan 23 2009 - 11:59:26 EST

On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 2:22 AM, Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> --- a/kernel/cgroup.c
>> +++ b/kernel/cgroup.c
>> @@ -1115,8 +1115,10 @@ static void cgroup_kill_sb(struct super_block *sb) {
>> }
>> write_unlock(&css_set_lock);
>> - list_del(&root->root_list);
>> - root_count--;
>> + if (!list_empty(&root->root_list)) {
>> + list_del(&root->root_list);
>> + root_count--;
>> + }
> That's ugly. It is _much_ cleaner to always keep the link head consistent
> - i.e. initialize it with INIT_LIST_HEAD()

It is initialized with INIT_LIST_HEAD().

> and then remove from it via
> list_del_init().

There's not much point doing list_del_init() rather than list_del()
here since we're about to delete the root.

> That way the error path will do the right thing automatically, and there's
> no need for that ugly "if !list_empty" construct either.

The important part here is avoiding decrementing root_count.

So the code could equally be:

if (!list_empty(&root->root_list)) {

but what I have in this patch seems more straightforward. It's
actually how the code used to be before it was removed as a
"redundant" check by a patch that I unfortunately didn't get a chance
to read properly (or Ack) because I was too snowed under with other

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