Re: Feature request: exec self for NOMMU.

From: Rob Landley
Date: Wed Dec 27 2006 - 16:15:32 EST

On Wednesday 27 December 2006 1:49 pm, Ray Lee wrote:
> >>> I haven't got a man page for fexecve. Does libc have it?
> >> It's implemented inside glibc, and uses /proc to execve() the file that
> >> the fd points to.
> Oh, hmm. Then I think it won't work, will it? I'd assumed fexecve was
> implemented in kernel.

It sort of is. Through the /proc filesystem, the kernel provides a path
through which to open any arbitrary file descriptor, thus providing
the "path" argument that the exec syscall requires.

> > Cute, and I can do that. Assuming /proc is mounted in the chroot
> > environment...
> Maybe I'm just confused -- wouldn't be the first time -- but if it's
> implemented inside userspace, then once you chroot() you won't be able
> to execute the path you find via /proc, will you?

You need /proc mounted in the new chroot for it to work. It's not a complete
solution, but an incremental improvement over the previous hack.

Of course today what you can do is copy busybox into the top directory of the
new chroot directory, execute that via the standard chroot command,
run "/busybox mount -n -t procfs /proc /proc", and then let the
current /proc/self/exe logic handle things from there. (Or configure busybox
to use /busybox instead of /proc/self/exe as the re-exec-self path.)

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