Re: [v11][PATCH 9/9] Document clone_with_pids() syscall

From: Matt Helsley
Date: Fri Nov 06 2009 - 15:54:25 EST

On Fri, Nov 06, 2009 at 12:39:36PM -0600, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> Quoting Sukadev Bhattiprolu (sukadev@xxxxxxxxxx):
> ...
> > + If a pid in the @pids list is non-zero, the kernel tries to assign
> > + the specified pid in that namespace. If that pid is already in use
> > + by another process, the system call fails (see EBUSY below).
> > +
> > + The order of pids in @pids is oldest in pids[0] to youngest pid
> > + namespace in pids[nr_pids-1]. If the number of pids specified in the
> In the sys_choosepid() discussion, Matt suggested it would be more
> user-friendly to have the pid for the youngest pidns be pids[0].
> That way the user doesn't have to know their pidns depth.

As far as I could see, Suka's solution also does not require knowing
the pidns depth (aka level). He made it so that copy_from_user()
adjusts its destination using the discrepancy between the number of
pids passed and the number of levels.

If userspace passes an array with n pids and there are k namespace levels
then clone_with_pids() makes sure that the kernel sees a pid array like:

index 0 ... k - (n + 1) ... k - 1
pid_t | 0 ..................0 | <copied from userspace> |

So even though the order is different from choosepid() the calling
task still doesn't need to know its pidns level. Of course, just
like choosepid(), n <= k or userspace will get EINVAL.

-Matt Helsley

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