From: Serge E. Hallyn on
Quoting Oleg Nesterov (oleg(a)
> "statically initialize struct pid for swapper" commit 820e45db says:
> Statically initialize a struct pid for the swapper process (pid_t == 0)
> and attach it to init_task. This is needed so task_pid(), task_pgrp()
> and task_session() interfaces work on the swapper process also.
> OK, but:
> - it doesn't make sense to add init_task.pids[].node into
> init_struct_pid.tasks[], and in fact this just wrong.
> idle threads are special, they shouldn't be visible on any
> global list. In particular do_each_pid_task(init_struct_pid)
> shouldn't see swapper.
> This is the actual reason why kill(0, SIGKILL) from /sbin/init
> (which starts with 0,0 special pids) crashes the kernel. The
> signal sent to pgid/sid == 0 must never see idle threads, even
> if the previous patch fixed the crash itself.
> - we have other idle threads running on the non-boot CPUs, see
> the next patch.
> Change INIT_STRUCT_PID/INIT_PID_LINK to create the empty/unhashed
> hlist_head/hlist_node. Like any other idle thread swapper can never exit,
> so detach_pid()->__hlist_del() is not possible, but we could change
> INIT_PID_LINK() to set pprev = &next if needed.
> All we need is the valid swapper->pids[].pid == &init_struct_pid.
> Reported-by: Mathias Krause <mathias.krause(a)>

Crimey, trying to find some way this could get dereferenced, finding
myself impressed with the likes of set_ftrace_swapper().

Anyway, not finding anything, so

> Signed-off-by: Oleg Nesterov <oleg(a)>

Acked-by: Serge E. Hallyn <serue(a)>

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