Re: [RFC] Netlink and user-space buffer pointers
From: Patrick McHardy
Date: Wed Apr 19 2006 - 12:24:48 EST
James Smart wrote:
> To take netlink to where we want to use it within the SCSI subsystem (as
> the mechanism of choice to replace ioctls), we're going to need to pass
> user-space buffer pointers.
> What is the best, portable manner to pass a pointer between user and kernel
> space within a netlink message ? The example I've seen is in the iscsi
> target code - and it's passed between user-kernel space as a u64, then
> typecast to a void *, and later within the bio_map_xxx functions, as an
> unsigned long. I assume we are going to continue with this method ?
This might be problematic, since there is a shared receive-queue in
the kernel netlink message might get processed in the context of
a different process. I didn't find any spots where ISCSI passes
pointers over netlink, can you point me to it?
Besides that, netlink protocols should use fixed size architecture
independant types, so u64 would be the best choice for pointers.
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