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I would like to be able to create a one-time temporary group in hierarchy. For example:

run_with_csubgroup /sys/fs/cgroup/group/subgroup/

Which creates group say /sys/fs/cgroup/group/subgroup/5G7ds/ (5G7ds is one-time name - it might be ID or anything).

I would like to delete the group automatically but I don't know how to do it easily and prone to say TERM signal (from actidental C-c).

Is there a way to do it? I'm using Gentoo+systemd.

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Are you sure you really need to create a temporary group? –  tiktak Mar 28 '12 at 12:17
@Mathieu: I don't need to create a temporary group but I have a set of tasks which contains various processes (each takes a few minutes to few hours). I want (not need) them to compete in scheduler as a whole rather then as separate processes. –  Maciej Piechotka Mar 28 '12 at 15:48
You can use trap to react on signals. Does not solve the question re. cgroups but may help re. capturing ctrl-c –  Ulrich Dangel Jun 11 '12 at 21:09

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You may need to specify a specific lifetime for your group; you may want it on after computer startup and deleted after shutdown. So it's not a bad idea to add it to your /etc/rc scripts .

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Not sure I understand correctly, but can't you just:

~] umount /sys/fs/cgroup/group/subgroup/5G7ds/
~] rmdir /sys/fs/cgroup/group/subgroup/5G7ds/

The above unmounts the cgroup and removes it.

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I would like to have it automated. I.e. a group which 'autodestructs' when there is no tasks to it (in similar way as inode is freed after there is no entries pointing to it). –  Maciej Piechotka May 16 '12 at 6:28
The easiest solution that comes to mind is just checking whether a tasks file in a given cgroup is empty and if it is, run the above commands. You can set it up as a cron job that executes every 10 minutes and cleans up any "unused" cgroups. –  mart1n Jun 5 '12 at 17:30

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