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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 2.6.19 5/5] fs: freeze_bdev with semaphore not mutex


> > Why not simply &~ PF_NOFREEZE on that particular process? Filesystems
> > are free to use threads/work queues/whatever, but refrigerator should
> > mean "no writes to filesystem" for them...
> You can't go around altering the flags of another process - what locking
> are you relying upon for this ?

Well, my idea was for process to &~ PF_NOFREEZE on itself.

We are currently (kernel/power/process.c) using &p->sighand->siglock
for some accesses, and no locking for others. There were some attempts
to fix this, but they led to problems, and we are not hitting any
problems... part of reason is that we hot-unplug non-boot cpus before
freezing processes, so we are running UP at that point.

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