RE: [PATCH 6/6] vfs: introduce FMODE_NEG_OFFSET for allowingnegative f_pos
From: Wu, Fengguang
Date: Sun Jan 17 2010 - 22:16:33 EST
[replying from webmail, sorry for top-posting]
memory_lseek() calls force_successful_syscall_return() to force success on negative vals.
However that is a no-op for x86.
My experiment shows that lseek() does return negative pos. However,
manual says that "a value of (off_t) -1 is returned" on error. So it's OK
as long as your program is written as "err == -1" instead of "err < 0".
err = lseek64(fd, addr, SEEK_SET);
if (err == -1)
perror("seek " FILENAME);
# kmem-rw 0xffffffffa0094000
open("/dev/kmem", O_RDWR) = 3
lseek(3, 18446744072099545088, SEEK_SET) = 18446744072099545088
read(3, "UH\211\345\17\37D\0"..., 8) = 8
From: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki [kamezawa.hiroyu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 10:30 AM
To: OGAWA Hirofumi
Cc: Wu, Fengguang; Andrew Morton; Al Viro; Heiko Carstens; Christoph Hellwig; LKML; Eric Paris; Nick Piggin; Andi Kleen; David Howells; Jonathan Corbet; linux-fsdevel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [PATCH 6/6] vfs: introduce FMODE_NEG_OFFSET for allowing negative f_pos
On Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:13:04 +0900
OGAWA Hirofumi <hirofumi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > On Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:38:27 +0900
> > OGAWA Hirofumi <hirofumi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> >> >> So, lseek() returns (uses) it?
> >> >
> >> > lseek can return negative value, as far as I know.
> >> Umm..., how do you know the difference of -EOVERFLOW and fpos == -75?
> > Ah, sorry. I read wrong.
> > For /dev/mem, it uses its own lseek function which allows negative f_pos
> > value. Other usual file system doesn't allow negative f_pos.
> > It's ok not to return -EOVEFLOW for /dev/mem because there is no file end.
> No, no. I think it has the problem.
> E.g. /dev/mem returns -75 as fpos, so, lseek(2) returns -75 to
> userland. Then the userland (e.g. glibc) convert it as
> error. I.e. finally, errno == -75, and lseek(3) returns -1, right?
Hmm. Then, /dev/mem's llseek need some fix not to return pos < -PAGESIZE.
Wu-san, could you add additional bug fix to lseek()'s f_pos handling in
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