Re: [PATCH v2 0/7] CLONE_FD: Task exit notification via file descriptor

From: Josh Triplett
Date: Wed Apr 08 2015 - 22:20:28 EST

On Wed, Apr 01, 2015 at 09:24:20AM +0200, Jonathan Corbet wrote:
> On Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:02:24 -0700
> josh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > > This would appear to assume that a clonefd_info structure is the only
> > > thing that will ever be read from this descriptor. It seems to me that
> > > there is the potential for, someday, wanting to be able to read and write
> > > other things as well. Should this structure be marked with type and
> > > length fields so that other structures could be added in the future?
> >
> > I don't think it makes sense for a caller to get an arbitrary structure
> > on read(), and have to figure out what they got and ignore something
> > they don't understand. Instead, I think it makes more sense for the
> > caller to say "Hey, here's a flag saying I understand the new thing, go
> > ahead and give me the new thing". So, for instance, if you want to
> > receive SIGSTOP/SIGCONT messages for child processes through this
> > descriptor, we could add a flag for that.
> The flag is fine, but, once we have set that flag saying we want those
> messages, how do we know which type of structure we've gotten? That's
> the piece of the puzzle I'm missing, sorry if I'm being overly slow.

If you pass a flag saying you can handle a new set of potential
structures, those structures can then include any necessary
disambiguating flags/IDs/etc. No need for them to match the current
clonefd_info structure if userspace has opted into a new version.

- Josh Triplett
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