Re: A Plumberâs Wish List for Linux

From: Lennart Poettering
Date: Fri Oct 07 2011 - 11:59:17 EST

On Fri, 07.10.11 03:57, Andi Kleen (andi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx) wrote:

> > Well, I am aware of PR_SET_NAME, but that modifies comm, not argv[]. And
> > while "top" indeed shows the former, "ps" shows the latter. We are looking
> > for a way to nice way to modify argv[] without having to reuse space
> > from environ[] like most current Linux implementations of
> > setproctitle() do.
> It's not clear to me how the kernel could change argv[] any better than you
> could in user space.

Well, it can resize the argv[] buffer, which we can't right now in
userspace. See those PR_SET_PROCTITLE_AREA.

> > Well, it's interesting in the syslog case, and it's OK if people can
> > change it. What matters is that this information is available simply for
> > the informational value. Right now, if one combines SCM_CREDENTIALS and
> > /proc/$PID/comm you often end up with no information about the senders
> > name at all, since at the time you try to read comm the PID might
> > actually not exist anymore at all. We are simply trying to close this
> > particular race between receiving SCM_CREDENTIALS and reading
> > /proc/$PID/comm here, we are not looking for a way to make process names
> > trusted.
> The issue with all of these proposals is that the sender currently doesn't
> know if the receiver needs it. Thus it always has to put it in and you
> slow down the fast paths.
> e.g. consider
> sender sends packet
> receiver enables funky option
> receiver reads
> If it was done lazily you would lose.

Would you? I think it's OK if messages queued before the sockopt is
enabled do not carry the SCM_COMM/SCM_CGROUPS data, even if they are
dequeued after the sockopt. At least I wouldn't expect them to
necessarily have the data, and this is probably just a matter of
documentation, i.e. say in the man page explicitly that the control data
will only be attached to newly queued messages. Given that
SCM_COMM/SCM_CGROUPS is a completely new API anyway this should not
create any compatibility problems.


Lennart Poettering - Red Hat, Inc.
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