Re: Synchronous signal delivery..

From: Davide Libenzi (
Date: Fri Feb 14 2003 - 21:09:30 EST

On Fri, 14 Feb 2003, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> On Fri, 14 Feb 2003, Davide Libenzi wrote:
> >
> > I would personally like it a lot to have timer events available on
> > pollable fds. Am I alone in this ?
> I don't know.
> HOWEVER, judging from the discussion following, I do know that there are a
> lot of people who want to have just "random things" available.
> That's not what this patch was about. I'm not in the least interested in
> some "generic event" mechanism, and it's not where I think this should
> even go. This was very much about signals, and while I can see the
> potential to extend the notion of signals to things like timers, I don't
> think it's necessarily a good idea to extend it too far.
> For example, you _can_, with the existing patch, already get timers. You
> won't get any _new_ timers, but all the normal itimer signal stuff would
> come down the sigfd() pipe the same way any other signal does.

You're right, I had not thought about something like POSIX timers plus

> > About that, I think we should make an utility function to be shared among
> > all the code that need to create "fake" inodes to expose fds. Right now
> > many component ( pipes, futexes, epoll, ... ) uses the basic code, sharing
> > the same needs, and duplicating basically the same code.
> Some of it can be pulled in. However, the way the dynamic inode allocation
> works, different kinds of inodes _have_ to have different superblocks,
> since that's the level where the inode allocation and caching works. So
> the fake inodes for a pipe, for example, are _not_ the same as the fake
> inodes for the sigfd's. So not all of it is shared.

Superblocks will be different, but their "fake" functionality can be
shared. A few parameters like file system name, file system magic number,
root name, ... will be able to do the trick :

fakefs_t fakefs_create(chat const *root, char const *name, unsigned long magic);
struct inode *fakefs_new_inode(fakefs_t fkfs);
void fakefs_close(fakefs_t fkfs);

- Davide

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