Commit c6434012 authored by Roman Gushchin's avatar Roman Gushchin Committed by Linus Torvalds
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proc, coredump: add CoreDumping flag to /proc/pid/status

Right now there is no convenient way to check if a process is being
coredumped at the moment.

It might be necessary to recognize such state to prevent killing the
process and getting a broken coredump.  Writing a large core might take
significant time, and the process is unresponsive during it, so it might
be killed by timeout, if another process is monitoring and
killing/restarting hanging tasks.

We're getting a significant number of corrupted coredump files on
machines in our fleet, just because processes are being killed by
timeout in the middle of the core writing process.

We do have a process health check, and some agent is responsible for
restarting processes which are not responding for health check requests.
Writing a large coredump to the disk can easily exceed the reasonable
timeout (especially on an overloaded machine).

This flag will allow the agent to distinguish processes which are being
coredumped, extend the timeout for them, and let them produce a full
coredump file.

To provide an ability to detect if a process is in the state of being
coredumped, we can expose a boolean CoreDumping flag in

$ cat

  echo "|/usr/bin/sleep 10" > /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern
  sleep 1000 &

  cat /proc/$PID/status | grep CoreDumping
  kill -ABRT $PID
  sleep 1
  cat /proc/$PID/status | grep CoreDumping

$ ./
  CoreDumping:	0
  CoreDumping:	1

[ document CoreDumping flag in /proc/<pid>/status]

Signed-off-by: default avatarRoman Gushchin <>
Cc: Alexander Viro <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Konstantin Khlebnikov <>
Cc: Oleg Nesterov <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent d3c85bad
......@@ -181,6 +181,7 @@ read the file /proc/PID/status:
VmPTE: 20 kb
VmSwap: 0 kB
HugetlbPages: 0 kB
CoreDumping: 0
Threads: 1
SigQ: 0/28578
SigPnd: 0000000000000000
......@@ -253,6 +254,8 @@ Table 1-2: Contents of the status files (as of 4.8)
VmSwap amount of swap used by anonymous private data
(shmem swap usage is not included)
HugetlbPages size of hugetlb memory portions
CoreDumping process's memory is currently being dumped
(killing the process may lead to a corrupted core)
Threads number of threads
SigQ number of signals queued/max. number for queue
SigPnd bitmap of pending signals for the thread
......@@ -366,6 +366,11 @@ static void task_cpus_allowed(struct seq_file *m, struct task_struct *task)
static inline void task_core_dumping(struct seq_file *m, struct mm_struct *mm)
seq_printf(m, "CoreDumping:\t%d\n", !!mm->core_state);
int proc_pid_status(struct seq_file *m, struct pid_namespace *ns,
struct pid *pid, struct task_struct *task)
......@@ -376,6 +381,7 @@ int proc_pid_status(struct seq_file *m, struct pid_namespace *ns,
if (mm) {
task_mem(m, mm);
task_core_dumping(m, mm);
task_sig(m, task);
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