Re: Module/kthread/printk question/problem

From: Dmitry Antipov
Date: Thu Feb 02 2012 - 01:13:05 EST

On 02/01/2012 09:16 PM, Eric Dumazet wrote:

I realize this, but there was a second part of the question: what's the
better way to ensure that all test/X threads are really gone at some point of

You could use kthread_stop()

This way you can control all your kernel threads really exited before
module cleanup.

Hm... if I try something like:

static void __exit testmod_exit(void)
int i;

for (i = 0; i < nrthreads; i++)

typical result is:

Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address 00000000
pgd = bf25c000
[00000000] *pgd=bf266831, *pte=00000000, *ppte=00000000
Internal error: Oops: 17 [#1] PREEMPT SMP
Modules linked in: testmod(O-)
CPU: 1 Tainted: G O (3.3.0-rc2 #3)
PC is at exit_creds+0x14/0xb4
LR is at __put_task_struct+0x64/0xac
pc : [<8004ed3c>] lr : [<8002d254>] psr: 20070113
sp : bd871f10 ip : 00000000 fp : 00000000
r10: 00000000 r9 : bd870000 r8 : 8000db48
r7 : 00000081 r6 : 00000000 r5 : 00000000 r4 : bfa734c0
r3 : 00000000 r2 : bd871f20 r1 : 00000460 r0 : 00000000
Flags: nzCv IRQs on FIQs on Mode SVC_32 ISA ARM Segment user
Control: 10c5387d Table: bf25c04a DAC: 00000015
Process rmmod (pid: 1330, stack limit = 0xbd8702f8)
Stack: (0xbd871f10 to 0xbd872000)
1f00: bd86f500 bfa734c0 bfa734c8 8002d254
1f20: bfa734c0 800492ac 00000001 7f0003b8 7f000228 7f000110 7f000268 00000000
1f40: 7e87f6d8 80073d48 7f000268 00000880 bd871f54 00000000 74736574 00646f6d
1f60: 00000000 76f01000 bf223280 8000db48 bd870000 00000000 bd871f8c 802c05d8
1f80: bf223300 bf2232d8 00000000 800adefc 00f01400 271aee1c 00000880 7e87f6d8
1fa0: 000120a8 8000d980 00000880 7e87f6d8 7e87f6d8 00000880 00009778 7e87f6cc
1fc0: 00000880 7e87f6d8 000120a8 00000081 7e87f88c 000120bc 76f06000 00000000
1fe0: 76e8e590 7e87f6d4 00008f5d 76e8e59c 800f0110 7e87f6d8 0daa7fca 8afaa89a
[<8004ed3c>] (exit_creds+0x14/0xb4) from [<8002d254>] (__put_task_struct+0x64/0xac)
[<8002d254>] (__put_task_struct+0x64/0xac) from [<800492ac>] (kthread_stop+0x74/0x7c)
[<800492ac>] (kthread_stop+0x74/0x7c) from [<7f000110>] (testmod_exit+0x2c/0x54 [testmod])
[<7f000110>] (testmod_exit+0x2c/0x54 [testmod]) from [<80073d48>] (sys_delete_module+0x1b8/0x26c)
[<80073d48>] (sys_delete_module+0x1b8/0x26c) from [<8000d980>] (ret_fast_syscall+0x0/0x30)
Code: e1a04000 e59032ec e3a05000 e59002e8 (e5933000)

I suppose that __put_task_struct() was called for the thread when is 'partially dead'
(because it's somewhere in do_exit() called by kthread() after returning from thread's
function), but not 'dead enough' to finalize it with free_task().

So, the question is still open.

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