[ 3.5.yuz extended stable ] Patch "cgroup: notify_on_release may not be triggered in some cases" has been added to staging queue

Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski herton.krzesinski at canonical.com
Thu Nov 22 04:46:02 UTC 2012

This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    cgroup: notify_on_release may not be triggered in some cases

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.yuz extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
reply to this email.

For more information about the 3.5.yuz tree, see



>From a5ada15c0391a5a2d41d2e158e3e94fa1e2430b3 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Daisuke Nishimura <nishimura at mxp.nes.nec.co.jp>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 16:37:16 +0900
Subject: [PATCH] cgroup: notify_on_release may not be triggered in some cases

commit 1f5320d5972aa50d3e8d2b227b636b370e608359 upstream.

notify_on_release must be triggered when the last process in a cgroup is
move to another. But if the first(and only) process in a cgroup is moved to
another, notify_on_release is not triggered.

	# mkdir /cgroup/cpu/SRC
	# mkdir /cgroup/cpu/DST
	# echo 1 >/cgroup/cpu/SRC/notify_on_release
	# echo 1 >/cgroup/cpu/DST/notify_on_release
	# sleep 300 &
	[1] 8629
	# echo 8629 >/cgroup/cpu/SRC/tasks
	# echo 8629 >/cgroup/cpu/DST/tasks
	-> notify_on_release for /SRC must be triggered at this point,
	   but it isn't.

This is because put_css_set() is called before setting CGRP_RELEASABLE
in cgroup_task_migrate(), and is a regression introduce by the
commit:74a1166d(cgroups: make procs file writable), which was merged
into v3.0.

Cc: Ben Blum <bblum at andrew.cmu.edu>
Acked-by: Li Zefan <lizefan at huawei.com>
Signed-off-by: Daisuke Nishimura <nishimura at mxp.nes.nec.co.jp>
Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <tj at kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski <herton.krzesinski at canonical.com>
 kernel/cgroup.c |    3 +--
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/cgroup.c b/kernel/cgroup.c
index 15462a0..63c9596 100644
--- a/kernel/cgroup.c
+++ b/kernel/cgroup.c
@@ -1927,9 +1927,8 @@ static void cgroup_task_migrate(struct cgroup *cgrp, struct cgroup *oldcgrp,
 	 * trading it for newcg is protected by cgroup_mutex, we're safe to drop
 	 * it here; it will be freed under RCU.
-	put_css_set(oldcg);
 	set_bit(CGRP_RELEASABLE, &oldcgrp->flags);
+	put_css_set(oldcg);


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