cgroup: revert fa06235b8eb0 ("cgroup: reset css on destruction")

This change “cgroup: revert fa06235b8eb0 (“cgroup: reset css on destruction”)” in Linux kernel is authored by Roman Gushchin <guro [at]> on Wed Sep 6 16:21:50 2017 -0700.

cgroup: revert fa06235b8eb0 ("cgroup: reset css on destruction")

Commit fa06235b8eb0 ("cgroup: reset css on destruction") caused
css_reset callback to be called from the offlining path.  Although it
solves the problem mentioned in the commit description ("For instance,
memory cgroup needs to reset memory.low, otherwise pages charged to a
dead cgroup might never get reclaimed."), generally speaking, it's not

An offline cgroup can still be a resource domain, and we shouldn't grant
it more resources than it had before deletion.

For instance, if an offline memory cgroup has dirty pages, we should
still imply i/o limits during writeback.

The css_reset callback is designed to return the cgroup state into the
original state, that means reset all limits and counters.  It's
spomething different from the offlining, and we shouldn't use it from
the offlining path.  Instead, we should adjust necessary settings from
the per-controller css_offline callbacks (e.g.  reset memory.low).

Signed-off-by: Roman Gushchin <>
Acked-by: Tejun Heo <>
Acked-by: Johannes Weiner <>
Cc: Vladimir Davydov <>
Cc: Michal Hocko <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>

This Linux change may have been applied to various maintained Linux releases and you can find Linux releases including commit 65f3975.

There are 3 lines of Linux source code added/deleted in this change. Code changes to Linux kernel are as follows.

 kernel/cgroup/cgroup.c | 3 ---
 1 file changed, 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/cgroup/cgroup.c b/kernel/cgroup/cgroup.c
index df2e0f1..f64fc96 100644
--- a/kernel/cgroup/cgroup.c
+++ b/kernel/cgroup/cgroup.c
@@ -4100,9 +4100,6 @@ static void offline_css(struct cgroup_subsys_state *css)
 	if (!(css->flags & CSS_ONLINE))
-	if (ss->css_reset)
-		ss->css_reset(css);
 	if (ss->css_offline)

The commit for this change in Linux stable tree is 65f3975 (patch).

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