Re: [PATCH] man ptrace: add extended description of various ptracequirks

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Thu Jul 21 2011 - 13:18:34 EST

On 07/21, Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> Deleted several outright false statements:
> - pid 1 can be traced
> - tracer is not shown as parent in ps output
> - PTRACE_ATTACH is not "the same behavior as if tracee had done
> - SIGSTOP _can_ be injected.

Yes, this is correct, thanks.

> +Tracer can not assume that tracee ALWAYS ends its life by reporting
> +WIFEXITED(status) or WIFSIGNALED(status).
> +.LP
> +.\" or can it? Do we include such a promise into ptrace API?

IIRC, we already discussed this... The traced group leader can
disappear during mt-exec, otherwise the tracee can never go away

> +Tracer can kill a tracee with ptrace(PTRACE_KILL, pid, 0, 0). This
> +operation is deprecated, use kill(SIGKILL) or tgkill(SIGKILL) instead.
> +The problem with this operation is that it requires tracee to be in
> +signal-delivery-stop, otherwise it may not work (may complete
> +successfully but won't kill the tracee),

In short, ptrace(PTRACE_KILL) is more or less ptrace(PTRACE_CONT, SIGKILL),
but it always returns 0. IOW, it never worked as decribed in the man
page. And I guess today nobody can explain why PTRACE_KILL exists.


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