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SubjectRe: 2.4 and 2GB swap partition limit
Andi Kleen writes:
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2001 at 12:07:44PM -0700, David S. Miller wrote:
> But something must have been not working with it for mmaps/shlibs
> (not executables); at least historically.
> At least I remember that all hell broke lose when you tried to update
> libc by cp'ing a new one to /lib/ in the 1.2 days. cp should create a
> new inode (it uses O_CREAT) so in theory it should be coherent by the inode
> reference; but somehow it didn't use to work and random already running
> programs started to segfault. This was long ago. I wonder if old
> GNU cp used O_TRUNC instead of O_CREAT, or was there some other kernel bug
> with mappings (hopefully long since fixed). Anybody remembers?

No, "cp" is still not a safe way to update libc, and I doubt it ever will be.
cp does _not_ create a new inode (unlike mv), so you are writing "garbage"
into the currently running executables.

NB: my open(2) says for O_CREAT "If the file does not exist it will be
created". This is _not_ the same as O_EXCL, which will only mean that
open(2) will fail when it tries to create a new file.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger Turbolinux filesystem development
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