Re: Feature request: exec self for NOMMU.

From: Rob Landley
Date: Thu Dec 28 2006 - 00:34:02 EST

On Wednesday 27 December 2006 9:48 pm, Denis Vlasenko wrote:
> Yes Rob, I know it can be done like this. But we don't want this.
> In the tar example, we want :
> 'Run my own binary again, with parameters: "zcat" "a.tar.gz",
> even if there is no [/usr][/local]/bin/zcat -> busybox link anywhere'
> We do not want to _search for_ zcat. We want to reexec our own binary.

If we find our own binary, we can reexec it. What we search for isn't zcat,
it's argv[0], and the search needs to be done in main() before any logic that
can chdir or set $PATH gets called. Then save that path until we need it.

The kernel does not currently provide an easy way to do exec ourselves, but we
can do it ourself. (And this is a way to do it _without_ proc.)

The problem is, there's no guarante that argv[0] is actually the first
argument to exec(), it can be any arbitrary string. (In fact, if tar wants
to re-exec itself as zcat, we can take advantage of this with
execv("/blah/tar", ["zcat", "-"]);) So it's still a hack. It should work if
we're called from a shell, but not necessarily from elsewhere.

*shrug* Kernel support for re-execing ourself would be nice, especially in
combination with vfork(). If not, I'll figure something out and make it work
in toybox. There are a half-dozen non-kernel approaches, all varying degrees
of hackish. (And daemonize() can probably be done with clone().)

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when there is no longer anything to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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