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sys_personality: remove the bogus checks in sys_personality()->__set_personality() path

Cleanup, no functional changes.

- __set_personality() always changes ->exec_domain/personality, the
special case when ->exec_domain remains the same buys nothing but
complicates the code. Unify both cases to simplify the code.

- The -EINVAL check in sys_personality() was never right. If we assume
that set_personality() can fail we should check the value it returns
instead of verifying that task->personality was actually changed.

Remove it. Before the previous patch it was possible to hit this case
due to overflow problems, but this -EINVAL just indicated the kernel

OTOH, probably it makes sense to change lookup_exec_domain() to return
ERR_PTR() instead of default_exec_domain if the search in exec_domains
list fails, and report this error to the user-space. But this means
another user-space change, and we have in-kernel users which need fixes.
For example, PER_OSF4 falls into PER_MASK for unkown reason and nobody
cares to register this domain.

Signed-off-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
Cc: Wenming Zhang <>
Cc: "H. Peter Anvin" <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>

Oleg Nesterov Oleg Nesterov 2010-08-10

Linus Torvalds Linus Torvalds 2010-08-10

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changed kernel/exec_domain.c
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