Re: [RFC][PATCH 0/3] cgroups: support for module-loadable subsystems

From: Li Zefan
Date: Mon Nov 02 2009 - 21:04:52 EST

Ben Blum wrote:
> This patch series implements simple support for building and loading
> subsystems as modules, both within and outside the kernel source tree.
> Module unloading is as yet unimplemented - it will require more advanced
> reference counting in the mount/unmount code, and I plan to work on this
> soon.

I doubt the value of module-loadable subsystems. A cgroup subsystem
is usually a kernel resource controller, and normally it needs to
add some hooks in some in-kernel structures and functions, which
makes it impossible to be a module.

In fact, net_cls is the only subsystem that can be a module, and
make it a module doesn't seem to have real benefit?

> Patch #1 sets up the subsys[] array so its contents can be dynamic as
> modules appear and (eventually) disappear. I introduce an rwsem called
> subsys_mutex to protect against concurrent loads/unloads/reads, and
> modify iterations over the array to handle when subsystems are absent.
> Patch #2 implements an interface for modules to load subsystems, called
> cgroup_load_subsys, similar to cgroup_init_subsys, and adds a module
> pointer in struct cgroup_subsys.
> Patch #3 modifies the net_cls subsystem, which already had some module
> declarations, to be configurable as a module, which also serves as a
> simple proof-of-concept.
> -- bblum
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