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From: ebiederm@xmission.com (Eric W. Biederman)
To: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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Subject: Re: [PATCH v8 07/11] proc: flush task dcache entries from all procfs instances
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 08:15:16 -0600
Message-ID: <87wo8pb6h7.fsf@x220.int.ebiederm.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAHk-=wjePLiQqUfQGCrNb0wp+EtgRddQbcK-pHH=6rxbdYNNOA@mail.gmail.com> (Linus Torvalds's message of "Thu, 13 Feb 2020 14:47:48 -0800")

Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> writes:

> I guess a lot of readdir users end up doing a stat on it immediately
> afterwards. I think right now we do it to get the inode number, and
> maybe that is a basic requirement (even if I don't think it's really
> stable - an inode could be evicted and then the ino changes, no?)

All I know is proc_fill_cache seemed like a good idea at the time.
I may have been to clever.

While I think proc_fill_cache probably exacerbates the issue
it isn't the reason we have the flushing logic.  The proc
flushing logic was introduced in around 2.5.9 much earlier
than the other proc things.

commit 0030633355db2bba32d97655df73b04215018ab9
Author: Alexander Viro <viro@math.psu.edu>
Date:   Sun Apr 21 23:03:37 2002 -0700

    [PATCH] (3/5) sane procfs/dcache interaction
    
     - sane dentry retention.  Namely, we don't kill /proc/<pid> dentries at the
       first opportunity (as the current tree does).  Instead we do the following:
            * ->d_delete() kills it only if process is already dead.
            * all ->lookup() in proc/base.c end with checking if process is still
              alive and unhash if it isn't.
            * proc_pid_lookup() (lookup for /proc/<pid>) caches reference to dentry
              in task_struct.  It's _not_ counted in ->d_count.
            * ->d_iput() resets said reference to NULL.
            * release_task() (burying a zombie) checks if there is a cached
              reference and if there is - shrinks the subtree.
            * tasklist_lock is used for exclusion.
       That way we are guaranteed that after release_task() all dentries in
       /proc/<pid> will go away as soon as possible; OTOH, before release_task()
       we have normal retention policy - they go away under memory pressure with
       the same rules as for dentries on any other fs.

Tracking down when this logic was introduced I also see that this code
has broken again and again any time proc changes (like now).  So it is
definitely subtle and fragile.

Eric

  reply index

Thread overview: 85+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-10 15:05 [PATCH v8 00/11] proc: modernize proc to support multiple private instances Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 01/11] proc: Rename struct proc_fs_info to proc_fs_opts Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 02/11] proc: add proc_fs_info struct to store proc information Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 03/11] proc: move /proc/{self|thread-self} dentries to proc_fs_info Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 18:23   ` Andy Lutomirski
2020-02-12 15:00     ` Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 04/11] proc: move hide_pid, pid_gid from pid_namespace " Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 05/11] proc: add helpers to set and get proc hidepid and gid mount options Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 18:30   ` Andy Lutomirski
2020-02-12 14:57     ` Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 06/11] proc: support mounting procfs instances inside same pid namespace Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 07/11] proc: flush task dcache entries from all procfs instances Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 17:46   ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-10 19:23     ` Al Viro
2020-02-11  1:36   ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-11  4:01     ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-12 14:49     ` Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-12 14:59       ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-12 17:08         ` Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-12 18:45         ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-12 19:16           ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-12 19:49             ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-12 20:03               ` Al Viro
2020-02-12 20:35                 ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-12 20:38                   ` Al Viro
2020-02-12 20:41                     ` Al Viro
2020-02-12 21:02                       ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-12 21:46                         ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-13  0:48                           ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-13  4:37                             ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-13  5:55                               ` Al Viro
2020-02-13 21:30                                 ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-13 22:23                                   ` Al Viro
2020-02-13 22:47                                     ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-14 14:15                                       ` Eric W. Biederman [this message]
2020-02-14  3:48                                 ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-20 20:46                               ` [PATCH 0/7] proc: Dentry flushing without proc_mnt Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-20 20:47                                 ` [PATCH 1/7] proc: Rename in proc_inode rename sysctl_inodes sibling_inodes Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-20 20:48                                 ` [PATCH 2/7] proc: Generalize proc_sys_prune_dcache into proc_prune_siblings_dcache Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-20 20:49                                 ` [PATCH 3/7] proc: Mov rcu_read_(lock|unlock) in proc_prune_siblings_dcache Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-20 22:33                                   ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-20 20:49                                 ` [PATCH 4/7] proc: Use d_invalidate " Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-20 22:43                                   ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-20 22:54                                   ` Al Viro
2020-02-20 23:00                                     ` Linus Torvalds
2020-02-20 23:03                                     ` Al Viro
2020-02-20 23:39                                       ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-20 20:51                                 ` [PATCH 5/7] proc: Clear the pieces of proc_inode that proc_evict_inode cares about Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-20 20:52                                 ` [PATCH 6/7] proc: Use a list of inodes to flush from proc Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-20 20:52                                 ` [PATCH 7/7] proc: Ensure we see the exit of each process tid exactly once Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-21 16:50                                   ` Oleg Nesterov
2020-02-22 15:46                                     ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-20 23:02                                 ` [PATCH 0/7] proc: Dentry flushing without proc_mnt Linus Torvalds
2020-02-20 23:07                                   ` Al Viro
2020-02-20 23:37                                     ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-24 16:25                                 ` [PATCH v2 0/6] " Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-24 16:26                                   ` [PATCH v2 1/6] proc: Rename in proc_inode rename sysctl_inodes sibling_inodes Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-24 16:27                                   ` [PATCH v2 2/6] proc: Generalize proc_sys_prune_dcache into proc_prune_siblings_dcache Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-24 16:27                                   ` [PATCH v2 3/6] proc: In proc_prune_siblings_dcache cache an aquired super block Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-24 16:28                                   ` [PATCH v2 4/6] proc: Use d_invalidate in proc_prune_siblings_dcache Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-24 16:28                                   ` [PATCH v2 5/6] proc: Clear the pieces of proc_inode that proc_evict_inode cares about Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-24 16:29                                   ` [PATCH v2 6/6] proc: Use a list of inodes to flush from proc Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-28 20:17                                   ` [PATCH 0/3] proc: Actually honor the mount options Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-28 20:18                                     ` [PATCH 1/3] uml: Don't consult current to find the proc_mnt in mconsole_proc Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-28 20:18                                     ` [PATCH 2/3] uml: Create a private mount of proc for mconsole Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-28 20:30                                       ` Christian Brauner
2020-02-28 21:28                                         ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-28 21:59                                           ` Christian Brauner
2020-02-28 20:19                                     ` [PATCH 3/3] proc: Remove the now unnecessary internal mount of proc Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-28 20:39                                       ` Christian Brauner
2020-02-28 21:40                                         ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-28 22:34                                     ` [PATCH 4/3] pid: Improve the comment about waiting in zap_pid_ns_processes Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-29  2:59                                       ` Christian Brauner
2020-02-14  3:49                     ` [PATCH v8 07/11] proc: flush task dcache entries from all procfs instances Eric W. Biederman
2020-02-12 19:47           ` Al Viro
2020-02-11 22:45   ` Al Viro
2020-02-12 14:26     ` Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 08/11] proc: instantiate only pids that we can ptrace on 'hidepid=4' mount option Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 16:29   ` Jordan Glover
2020-02-12 14:34     ` Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 09/11] proc: add option to mount only a pids subset Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 10/11] docs: proc: add documentation for "hidepid=4" and "subset=pidfs" options and new mount behavior Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 18:29   ` Andy Lutomirski
2020-02-12 16:03     ` Alexey Gladkov
2020-02-10 15:05 ` [PATCH v8 11/11] proc: Move hidepid values to uapi as they are user interface to mount Alexey Gladkov

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